Defender Paddy McCarthy has issued a passionate defence of Sheffield United’s promotion credentials, insisting: ‘We have enough to go up this season’.
McCarthy was speaking after Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat at home to MK Dons - a result which means United have won just two of their last eight outings.
But they remain fifth in the League One table ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup tie at home to Plymouth Argyle - and loan star McCarthy insists that his teammates aren’t prepared to push the panic button just yet.
“There is so much football still to play,” the Irishman, on loan at Bramall Lane from Crystal Palace, said.
“There are only 19 games gone and we do have things to build on. But I thought on Tuesday, the lads could go home and say that only one team went out to try and win the game.
“MK came with a game plan and it worked for them. But, on reflection, I think they’d agree they were a bit lucky to get the three points.”
United’s new signing Chris O’Grady lasted just 22 minutes before being withdrawn with a recurrance of his groin problem, and Clough introduced Marc McNulty and Jose Baxter from the bench in an attempt to find that elusive goal.
It didn’t come, but McCarthy said: “We have the players to mount a challenge for promotion this season, one hundred per cent.
“We brought lads like Sparky [McNulty] and Jose off the bench, and that sort of depth shows how strong the squad is. I definitely think we have enough. Teams just go through spells where things don’t go for you... that is how football is.”