Sheffield United have been urged to crank-up the psychological pressure on their League One rivals by seizing control of the race for promotion, writes James Shield.
Manager Nigel Adkins issued the directive as his team hopes to claim its fifth consecutive victory in the competition when Bury visit Bramall Lane this weekend.
United could snatch first place from early leaders Gillingham if they beat David Flitcroft’s side and Adkins said: “Momentum is a big thing in football. We’ve got some behind us and we want to gather even more.
“It sends out a message, yes, but the most important thing is that we look after and take care of ourselves. That we keep on preparing properly, give the opposition the respect they deserve and give ourselves the best possible chance going forward.”
The Bury fixture is United’s first game since September 1 following the postponement of Saturday’s game against Colchester due to international call-ups. That match has now been rescheduled for Tuesday evening with United then set to face Bradford City next weekend.
“This division places a lot of demands on the group and that’s why I always make it clear that everybody has a huge part to play,” Adkins said. “It’s impossible to achieve unless everybody, no matter whether they are starting at the moment or not, is on board and wants the same thing. It’s all about the group.”