Sheffield United: ‘We want to repay fans’

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HARRY Maguire has admitted Sheffield United owe their supporters “a performance” ahead of today’s crucial League One encounter with Shrewsbury Town, writes James Shield.

Danny Wilson’s side, who are sixth in the table with 17 games of the season remaining, are set to enjoy a 1,400 strong following at Greenhous Meadow.

And Maguire, the visitors’ England under-21 centre-half, told The Star: “We feel we need to start showing what we’re capable of again.

“We need to go out there and put on a show because the fans deserve it. They’ve stuck with us and kept faith in us lately and that’s been great to see.

“The fact so many come to watch us, at home and away, just goes to show the size of this club and the size of it’s fan base.

“Of course we want to do it for ourselves but also for them because we know they’ll appreciate it.

“We want to put on a performance.”

Graham Turner, the Town manager, has refused to downplay the significance of this afternoon’s fixture after describing United as the division’s most sought-after scalp.

Wilson’s team, who just seven weeks ago knocked Tranmere Rovers off the summit, travelled south yesterday eight points behind their rivals from Prenton Park following a disappointing run of results culminating in last week’s home defeat by Coventry City.

Town are 18th - three places above the relegation zone - and searching for their first victory on home soil since December 15.

Nevertheless, despite their downturn in form, Maguire insisted the serious facial injuries sustained recently by Matt Hill and Neill Collins make a mockery of claims that United are not fully committed to the cause.

“Everyone here is working hard,” he added. “Everyone is giving 100 per cent and putting themselves on the line as that shows.

“We are all determined to get to where we want to be and ready to do what it takes.”

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