They’re nine unbeaten and could go up to second in League One with victory in their Yorkshire derby at Bradford tomorrow afternoon - but John Fleck has explained why Sheffield United aren’t popping the promotion corks just yet.
“We’re on a good run and had a good result on Tuesday at Shrewsbury,” the Scottish midfielder said, “but we’re experienced enough to know how quickly things can change.”
It doesn’t take a forensic analysis of sepia-toned news reports to remember, either. United, after all, picked up one point from their opening four League One matches and had to wait until August 27 for their first victory of the season. Since, Checkatrade Trophy games aside, they haven’t lost.
“Winning helps with the confidence,” said Fleck, who regained his United place after Chris Basham was sent off at Scunthorpe and is expected to keep it against Stuart McCall’s Bantams.
“We’ve got a good fighting spirit as we showed at Fleetwood, when we equalised in stoppage time.
“I had a little spell out which was disappointing, but the team were doing well and so there were no complaints whatsoever.
“Obviously Bash’s suspension let me back in and know I’ve got to battle for my place. When I was out I was doing a little bit extra to keep on top of my fitness and making sure I was sharp in case I was called upon.
“It helps when everyone is together in the changing room and helping each other out.”