Jamie Murphy has vowed Sheffield United will never again sink as low as they did they last time Nigel Clough’s side visited Crewe Alexandra, writes James Shield.
The former Scotland under-21 international made the admission as his team mates prepare for their first return to Gresty Road since being beaten 3-0 eight months ago.
That result saw United slip to 21st in the League One table before a 10 match winning streak saw them eventually finish seventh and reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Murphy hopes this afternoon’s match will prove the catalyst for another assault on promotion after Tuesday’s victory over Yeovil Town saw Clough’s squad climb to sixth.
“I never want to feel as low as we did after that,” he told The Star last night. “That was the moment when we knew things had to change and quick.
“We knew we were a good team because we’d beaten Aston Villa (in the cup) just before that. But that just focused our minds about you have to fight and scrap for everything you want to get.
“Fortunately things turned around for us pretty quick and we’re a much better, mentally tougher group, now.
“I wouldn’t say we are going there intent on revenge. But I definitely remember, without a shadow of a doubt.”
Murphy delivered his most impressive display of the season against Yeovil, scoring the decisive goal in a 2-0 win and tormenting Seth Nana Twumasi throughout.
“I giving defenders a hard time,” Murphy added. “That’s my job.
“It’s a great feeling, to be allowed to run at them all the time, but we’re all about the group here. Not individuals.
“That’s why I also work hard to stop them getting forward. I love to attack and defend from the front.”