Blades need to respond, says Harris

Sheffield United's Bob Harris battles Shrewsbury's Larnell Cole
Sheffield United's Bob Harris battles Shrewsbury's Larnell Cole

Bob Harris has admitted Sheffield United’s players owe the club a performance at Barnsley this afternoon following Tuesday’s “unacceptable” defeat by Shrewsbury Town.

Nigel Adkins’ side slipped to 12th in the League One table - five points behind sixth-placed Bradford City - after being beaten 4-2 on home soil.

Harris, revealing United’s first team squad accept “full responsibility” for that result, told The Star: “That was unacceptable by our standards. It was a massive disappointment, a bad defeat and very hard to take. But we’ve got a massive game coming up, we’ll have incredible support. We tasted victory there last season and hopefully we can do the same thing this time around.”

“We take full responsibility as players for what happened,” Harris added. “It was very poor result at home. “The only thing we can do is work hard on the training ground and then look to put it right on the pitch. Two goals in 90 seconds was a crazy spell. Then we conceded two more and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. “But the one thing I can say is that the lads kept going right until the very end and we had chances in the second half. We’re looking forward to getting back out there and putting things right.”

United triumphed 2-0 in the corresponding fixture last season as Steven Davies and Jason Holt, now of Bradford City and Glasgow Rangers respectively, effectively secured the visitors’ play-off qualification.

Harris said: “Last year, that was one of our best performances. Offensively and defensively, we were very good and controlled the game for long spells. It’s a derby game though and past results go out of the window. This is a big match between two local rivals and we’re coming off a poor loss at home. We need to take three points as soon as possible to get ourselves back on track.”