Sheffield United: Keeper refuses to give up on promotion

Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Mark Howard has vowed Sheffield United will be doing everything in their power to qualify for this season’s League One play-offs, writes James Shield.

Nigel Clough’s side, who face Hull City in the FA Cup semi-finals on April 14 following last weekend’s victory over Charlton Athletic, return to action against Carlisle tonight hoping to secure a 10th straight win in all competitions.

Howard, the United goalkeeper, said: “If the play-offs are mathematically achievable, then that has to be our target. It will be an amazing comeback to do it but we are in a good position.

“The season has been turned round. Two months ago, no-one would have said we might even think about the top six.

“As footballers, you have that pride and if the play-offs are still achievable then that is our target.”

“The same goes for the FA Cup,” Howard added. “The semi-finals were an impossible goal at the start of this run but look at us now.

“The last nine game have been unreal and what we have achieved as a team and a squad is frightening. Now we are doing well in the league we have to push on.”