Stephen McGinn has warned Sheffield United’s League One rivals that Nigel Clough’s team are preparing to turn back the clock as they bid to claw themselves out of the relegation zone, writes James Shield.
United enter tonight’s meeting with Walsall languishing at the wrong end of the table despite beating fellow strugglers Bristol City last weekend.
Clough, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, made no apologies for adopting a “pragmatic” approach during Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate.
And McGinn, who marked his return to the side by delivering a combative display in midfield, insisted that a repeat performance against Dean Smith’s side means opponents will once again fear visiting Bramall Lane.
“A few years ago, this was known as one of the most intimidating grounds in the Football league,” he told The Star. “We want that to be the case again. We need this place to become a fortress and to take pride from that.
“You can’t always pass teams to death in this division or any other for that matter. Sometimes there’s no quality in a game for 85 minutes which means you’ve got to be ready to scrap and fight. Earn the right to play.”
“Down there (at Bristol) we showed that attitude,” McGinn added. “We didn’t give them anything and what they did get they had to work for.
“For 15 minutes, it’s about winning your battles and taking things from there, Having that hard-nosed approach.”