Sheffield United: Suspended Chris Basham will drive Blades on from the stands

Fleetwood's Nathan Pond blocks the injury time shot of United's Chris Basham.
Fleetwood's Nathan Pond blocks the injury time shot of United's Chris Basham.
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Chris Basham has vowed to help put Sheffield United’s push for the Championship back on track despite being suspended for their next two games.

And the former Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers defender, who collected his 10th caution of the season during last weekend’s defeat by Fleetwood Town, could watch Saturday’s match at Scunthorpe from the away end in a show of solidarity with the League One club’s support.

“We’re disappointed, angry and frustrated with ourselves,” Basham said. “Because we’ve been on an unvbelieveable run and now we’ve lost two in a row.

“I’m especially disappointed with myself because I’m going to have a ban now but I can still contribute.

“I’m definitely going to be at our next two away games and if it means sitting with the fans then that’s what I’ll do. I won’t be missing a drop of training either.

“James Wallace, who is out through injury, still comes in before every single match to shake everyone’s hand and wish them all the best. He’s working so hard to get back to fitness and that just shows the mentality that the gaffer (Nigel Clough) has built.

“Tel Kennedy does the same as well and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing. If we do the right things properly then we can definitely win our next two.”

“We’ve just for to focus now on ourselves, the group and the club,” Basham added. “Nothing more.

“We’ve got to get that play-off place cemented and then crack on from there.”

United, who visit Walsall three days after their trip to north Lincolnshire, remain fifth in the table despite being beaten 2-1 by Graham Alexander’s side. With Kennedy still nursing a knee complaint and Jay McEveley set to undergo treatment for a shoulder problem, Basham’s suspension means they could be left without a recognised centre-half until March 21st’s meeting with Port Vale.

United had not lost in six outings before succumbing to Peterborough last week. But, after a gruelling run of fixtures, Basham said: “I think there is a little bit of burn out because we’ve been doing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday for so long now. As a result, we’ve only been able to train properly once or twice and the gaffer, because of that, has not had the chance to always prepare us as he’d usually like.

“Now, with the break in midweek, it will give him a chance to do that.”

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