Sheffield United’s players are ready to do “whatever it takes” in a bid to reach the Championship next season, Andy Garner has vowed, ahead of tomorrow’s South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Rovers.
Garner delivered the pledge after watching goals from Steven Davies and Jason Holt shatter Barnsley’s unbeaten record under Lee Johnson during Saturday’s clash at Oakwell.
The result, which saw Nigel Clough’s side edge a step closer towards qualifying for the League One play-offs, proved the perfect riposte to those who claimed a defeat by Crewe Alexandra seven days earlier demonstrated United lack the graft and guile to secure promotion this term.
Garner, their first team coach, said: “We’ve kept the players we wanted, some have come in and some have gone. We’ve added to the squad and we only sign lads who we know are good players and good characters. We did the same thing over five years at Derby County.
“We might get beat, we might draw but the one thing you know, come what may from this group, is that they are always going to give it everything they’ve got. We as a staff know that we’ve got a damn good bunch in that dressing room there. They’ll always try and do whatever it takes.”
Garner, who worked with Clough at the iPro Stadium before the former England international took charge of United 18 months ago, added: “I thought we were outstanding. Crewe was a major disappointment for the players and the staff.
We as a staff know that we have got a damn good bunch in that dressing room there
“But it’s been a good week at the training ground and, in fairness, I think it showed. It was vital to come here and not to lose at the very least.
“I thought we dominated the game. I’d be interested to hear what Lee says but that’s how we saw it. We were solid at the back, worked extremely hard in midfield and basically put in a superb away performance.”
“We scored and kept a clean sheet.”
Rovers prepare for the journey to United ranked 12th, three points and places behind Barnsley who visit Colchester this afternoon.
Johnson said: “On the day we were poor and we deserved to lose. There is no glossing over the fact that we did not do enough.
“We need to use that hurt as energy in the next game, if they do that we will go and they will put in a good performance against Colchester, or you can completely drop your head and give up.”