Sheffield United: Skipper wants a connection with the fans

Jay McEveley leads out Sheffield United at Old Trafford earlier this season
Jay McEveley leads out Sheffield United at Old Trafford earlier this season

Jay McEveley hopes Sheffield United’s new-look system can help the club reconnect with its own supporters after insisting that “attacking” football holds the key to transforming fortunes at Bramall Lane.

McEveley, who revealed Nigel Adkins’ squad is “loving” the 3-5-2 system employed by coaching staff in recent weeks, made the admission after last weekend’s draw with Gillingham effectively ended United’s League One play-off hopes.

Sheffield United skipper Jay McEveley is pleased with performances of late

Sheffield United skipper Jay McEveley is pleased with performances of late

Acknowleding that United have actively been searching for ways to harness the power of the division’s biggest crowd, the defender said: “We have been wanting to find a system, where we can connect with the fans. It seems to be working, they seem to be enjoying their football.

“The attacking threat, we have got bodies and runners all over the pitch, is good. The fans can see that and it bodes well for the future.”

United, 10th in the table ahead of Saturday’s visit to Chesterfield, have faced strident criticism after failing to mount a serious challenge for promotion but were applauded off the pitch following their impressive but ultimately fruitless performance against Justin Edinburgh’s side.

“It (3-5-2) gives us a good defensive resolve, but a great attacking threat as well,” McEveley, the United captain, said. “It’s really enjoyable to play in. The lads are loving it. We are not conceding stupid goals, as we were earlier in the season, we look defensively solid.”

Jay McEveley's own form has improved since Sheffield United's change of system

Jay McEveley's own form has improved since Sheffield United's change of system