Neill Collins believes opponents will soon be scared to play Sheffield United.
The centre-half made his prediction after mounting a passionate defence of the quality and character within Nigel Adkins’ first team squad.
Insisting there are mitigating factors behind the League One club’s recent poor form, Collins told The Star: “You get a fear factor back through confidence, a confidence that runs through the whole team. You exude it, other teams see it and they see your results on a sheet of paper so it affects them as well.
“Because we’ve not had much continuity in terms of selection, because of the people we’ve been missing, we’ve probably not achieved that of late. But when we get it back, that continuity, we will I’m sure.”
“You need leaders, they are important and come in all shapes, sizes and different forms,” Collins added. “We’ve got leaders here who know the challenges, the competition and the different scenarios. There’s a good balance of youth and experience here.”
United, who host Worcester City in the FA Cup tomorrow, have lost their last two games.
Collins said: “The young lads here are great. They are learning all the time and they are much better than I was at their age. I went down to the academy a lot last season to try and help some of those coming through, I thought what I needed to know when I was their age? The little wee things that can really make a difference. I was grateful to (academy director) Nick (Cox) down there because it really helped me too. Coaching is something that interests me when I finish my playing career.”
“When you are young, you don’t even think about pressure,” Collins added. “Then, when you get older, you can draw on your experiences because you’ve probably been in the same situation before. The hardest part is those middle years, that middle bracket. When you’re not young anymore but aren’t completely experienced either.”