Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, threw down the gauntlet to his players following last night’s victory over Colchester at Bramall Lane.
Goals from Matt Done, Jay McEveley and a Jose Baxter brace propelled United back into the play-off positions ahead of Saturday’s clash with League One leaders Bristol City.
But Clough, despite praising their “determination” and “character” told The Star: “We want even more from the lads. We expect even more because we know they are capable of it.
“You can see we are a little bit short of confidence at the moment and they can sense there was a little bit of unrest, if you want to call it that, in the stands. But they came through and that can only help the process. That can only help us as we strive to get where we want to be.”
Done, the former Rochdale centre-forward, marked his debut by applying the finishing touches to a superb first-half move involving Jamie Murphy and Bob Harris.
“Matty was a pest out there,” Clough added.
“And we’ve probably not had enough of that lately. It was a lovely goal and it’s amazing what a bit of running and work can do. There was good movement off the ball.
“But, speaking of confidence, that will do wonders for his. You always want to get off to the best possible start at a new club and he’s certainly achieved that.
“He showed why we wanted to bring him in but, in a way, I was even more pleased with the first goal (from Jose Baxter) because it was a scrambled one, bundling it over from close-range. We’ve not scored enough of those lately either.”
United, who saw Sammie Szmodics score a consolation for the visitors, named Iain Turner in goal when Mark Howard aggravated a back injury during the warm-up.
“Iain did ever so well - again - because he’s a great professional,” Clough said.
“We don’t get nervous when we have to do that at all.”