NEILL Collins is adamant Sheffield United have the experience required to withstand the pressure as the battle for promotion from League One reaches its climax.
Danny Wilson’s side prepared for this evening’s visit of play-off-chasing Stevenage second in the table and knowing victory could secure the runners-up berth behind leaders Charlton.
Collins was a member of the Leeds team which clawed its way out of the division in 2010 and cited Michael Doyle, another veteran of that Elland Road squad, as a crucial weapon in the Blades’ armoury as they look to fend off the advance of Sheffield Wednesday.
“I’m glad Doyler is in our team,” Collins said.
“At Leeds it was all on the final day and we had to beat Bristol Rovers. We went down to 10 men and Doyler was immense.
“We did it and hopefully can put that knowledge to good use again.”
Collins added: “People like Cressy (Richard Cresswell) and Simmo (Steve Simonsen) have also been in this situation with Stoke as well.”
Should Wednesday lose at Brentford this afternoon, before United kick off at 5.20pm, the Blades would be three points away from returning to the Championship. But if Dave Jones’ men win and United fail to overcome Stevenage then it would leave Wednesday in the box seat to clinch automatic promotion in next weekend’s final games.
“I won’t be looking for Wednesday’s result because we’ll still want three points,” said Collins.
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