Sheffield United’s players have been challenged to produce ‘one last big effort’ with eight games remaining in the Championship campaign of 2017/18.
With form slipping as we edged towards the March international break, Sheffield United have taken two wins in the last five, and although we’ve only lost one game in that run, we not sit in ninth place in the table.
To put that in perspective though we are only two points off Middlesbrough who occupy the final Play Off spot but the battle is now more widely open but there will undoubtedly be a few more twists and turns before the final whistle gets blown on the season.
With eight games remaining in the season it’s still all to play for though and that was manager Chris Wilder’s message as he spoke to the Official Site this week.
‘The players will return to work in the middle of the week and train hard, then we have a normal week next week ahead of two massive games against Brentford and Cardiff.’
‘There is still a lot to play, we’re not just sitting in mid-table. No disrespect, but the opposition at the weekend and another club who got a 0-0 here both received a rapturous ovation from their supporters after the game and neither of those have anything to play for really.’
Remaining upbeat with the challenge to the players well known in the coming games, Wilder again repeated the focus would purely be on us moving forward and not on other sides and what they may be getting up to in the run in.
‘We focus on ourselves and we have something to play for, we’re ahead of some big clubs, but we still want to be doing better. We’ve come out of previous international breaks positively and the players must go and clear their heads and come back for one last big effort.’
With efforts so far this year delivering a season few expectated, I’m sure the players won’t let him down and will again rise to the occasion and then we find out whether it was enough to extend our season.