Why Ollie Norwood believes Sheffield United will be a better side after experience of playing Liverpool and Manchester City in Premier League
Midfielder Ollie Norwood believes Sheffield United have learned from their recent fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester City as they look to consolidate their impressive position in the Premier League table.
After a break for the FA Cup saw Chris Wilder's side beat Millwall 2-0 in the fourth round - Norwood scoring a superb second goal - the Blades return to top-flight action this weekend when they travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.
United will make that journey eighth in the Premier League table, just a point off fifth-placed Manchester United, and with their supporters singing a new chant about possible European trips to places like Kazahkstan and Amsterdam.
And Norwood, who will captain United against Palace if Billy Sharp is rested after back-to-back starts, said: "We have had some games recently against the best sides in the country and we've learned from them.
"That's the level we strive to be at.
"I'm not saying we'll ever get there but why can't we strive to be up there challenging them?"
Norwood netted United's second goal at The Den, converting Billy Sharp's pass with a well-placed finish after Mo Besic had put the Blades ahead.
“I wouldn’t say it [beating Millwall] was a head-turning result, because being honest, we were expected to come here and win,” Norwood added.
“You could see that in the team the gaffer picked.
“That showed what his mentality was and what our mentality was as well. We were all asking to play and we all wanted to play because we’re determined to do well in the cup.”