Bob Harris has fired a warning shot across the League One leaders’ bows by insisting that Sheffield United are best equipped to survive the rigours of a promotion campaign, writes James Shield.
The former Blackpool defender issued his statement of intent as Nigel Clough’s side approach a pivotal week on Bramall Lane’s footballing calender which could see them move to within two points of first place and reach the last four of the Capital One Cup.
Harris said: “We’re fifth in the table and not too far off the top. If we have a good run of four, five or six games then we’ll be right in the mix.
“We saw last season that this group of players is capable of going on a long run. So there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.”
United lost only three of their remaining 23 matches last term as they climbed from 21st to seventh and qualified for the FA Cup semi-finals. They visit Fleetwood Town tomorrow before hosting Southampton and Walsall.
“I also think that, come January when people start picking-up injuries, that’s when having a big squad with depth is really going to come in to play.
“That’s why when everyone else was struggling a bit come February or March time of last season, we went on the run that we did. That had a big bearing on things.”