Chris Basham has admitted he “understands” the criticism being levelled at Sheffield United’s players following a disappointing sequence of results.
But, speaking ahead of today’s FA Cup second round tie against Oldham Athletic, the midfielder reassured supporters that every member of Nigel Adkins’ squad cares deeply about the club’s plight.
United enter this afternoon’s game without a win in their previous five outings and Basham said: “We are letting ourselves down, the club down and the fans down.
“I can massively understand the criticism. Every lad in the dressing room, we are hurting even more because it’s our livelihood. We can understand the chants we are getting but it’s up to us to change that.
“I can only speak for myself but it hurts me. If we lose, I don’t speak to the wife for about a day, I don’t sleep because I’m always thinking about what I could have done better and then when we have the analysis meeting, it hurts so much more.”
Basham arrived at Bramall Lane after leaving Blackpool in June last year, two months after United reached the FA Cup semi-finals, and was a member of the team which met Tottenham Hotspur at the same stage of the Capital One Cup last term.
“This club has become very close to me and I don’t want it to end,” he said. “There are lads in there who are out of contract at the end of the season and are fighting to stay because they love it so much. The same goes for me. Every player is fighting to punch their weight. We’ll show it again.”
“Losing has got to hurt everybody and it does,” Basham added. “Nothing seems right the next day when you wake up. But we’ve got a manager who is very positive in everything that he does and that’s good. All of the lads in that dressing room are fighting for each other. We’ve got to wear our hearts on our sleeves, first and foremost, and work hard. I’m sure we’ll come through.”