Jose Baxter has warned Sheffield United’s critics to ‘Remember Bournemouth’ before they write-off Nigel Adkins’ squad.
Baxter, speaking ahead of today’s League One encounter against Southend, insisted his team mates possess both the character and calibre to emulate the south coast club’s dramatic march out of the division three seasons ago.
Eddie Howe’s side trailed second-placed United by seven points when they were beaten by eventual champions Doncaster Rovers at Dean Court in March, before a run of eight straight wins saw them snatch automatic promotion with a game to spare. And Baxter, the United midfielder, said: “Most definitely, we’ve got the talent to replicate what Bournemouth did.
We’ve got lads coming back from injury and you saw against Fleetwood (in the JP Trophy on Tuesday) that, even with plenty of them in the team, we could more than hold our own. If we can do that in those circumstances then the quality is definitely there.
“I was still at Oldham when Bournemouth went up. They beat us and I missed a penalty. That just seemed to be the little bit of luck they needed and everything just went from there. We just need to not panic and keep the faith.”
United enter this afternoon’s game ranked eighth and Baxter, who moved to Bramall Lane soon after their defeat in the 2013 play-offs, said: “Our aim is to be in the top two or so by Christmas and it can be done.
“I know it’s frustrating for the fans, when you see your team lose your first instinct is the let your head go down. I’m a football fan myself.
“We appreciate that they pay their hard earned money to come and watch us, so I completely understand. But we’ve all got to stay focused and it will be worth it come the end of the season when we get promoted.”