VERSATILE defender Matt Lowton has called on Sheffield United’s supporters to roar them on to victory in the South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley.
With the Reds having sold out their away allocation for the much anticipated showdown, club officials expect a 20,000 plus crowd at Bramall Lane.
Micky Adams’ men are searching for a third win on the spin for the first time in the 2010/11 campaign to keep their slender survival hopes alive.
And Lowton believes the fans can make all the difference in the club’s battle to beat the drop.
The Chesterfield-born player, who can operate anywhere across the back four and in midfield, told The Star: “Their support is massive. In the last local derby against Leeds, I thought that was our best game all season. We outplayed them and the fans were right behind us throughout.
“The atmosphere was electric and we need that again on Saturday. They can be our 12th man and hopefully push us over the line.
“As a player, it gives you that extra impetus to win a tackle or a header when the crowd are behind you. It really pushes you on that extra yard.”
Lowton hopes United can make home advantage count and take the relegation scrap down to the wire at Swansea City.
“We are still in the fight and everyone is looking forward to Saturday hoping we can get a positive result and that Doncaster and Palace don’t,” he said. “We didn’t give up at Reading and we have to take that spirit into the final two games.
“We won’t give up until it is mathematically impossible.
“Barnsley is a winnable game and if we come away with a good result and either Doncaster or Palace slip up, then it is down to the last game and anything can happen.
“Then, all the pressure will be on the other teams because they will be looking over their shoulders and looking at what we are doing.”
The reserves entertain Derby in a title decider next Tuesday after a resounding 6-0 win over Port Vale in midweek.