Stefan Scougall has conceded Sheffield United must issue a statement of promotion intent during tomorrow’s Yorkshire derby with Bradford City, writes James Shield.
The former Scotland under-21 international made the claim after acknowledging manager Nigel Clough had been right to criticise his squad following Tuesday’s shock defeat at Yeovil Town.
That result, coming against a team already consigned to relegation, provoked a fresh storm of criticism from sections of the visitors’ support despite the fact United are fifth in the table and eight points clear of seventh-place with three games remaining.
“It comes down to how much we want it,” Scougall told The Star. “Maybe we were a bit tired and lethargic but sometimes it does have to come from within.
“You’ve got to do whatever you can to try and make something happen and drive the team on. We’ve got to do whatever we have to do to stay in the top six.”
Bradford were humbled 6-0 by Bristol City in midweek and Scougall added: “They will be looking for a major response and there’s no better way for them to do that at Bramall Lane. Their tails will be up and it could well be some game.
“We know we were below par. Maybe that will be a wake-up call at the right time.
“We are much better than what we showed there. We’ve got good characters in here and the togetherness to bounce back.”