SHEFFIELD UNITED: Youngsters ‘learning what it is to be a Blade’

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NEILL Collins believes Sheffield United’s victory over Yeovil Town proves his young team mates are coming to terms with the demands of representing the club.

Danny Wilson’s side enter Saturday’s visit of Notts County still unbeaten in League One this season following a hard-fought but deserved win at Huish Park.

Collins, who scored the winner early in the second-half, admitted the weight of expectation on United’s shoulders can exact both a psychical and psychological toll.

But he told The Star: “Some of the new lads are realising what it takes to be here now.

“The level of performance you are expected to deliver for Sheffield United. It’s different playing up front or in midfield for a club like Bury because you can have a great game one week and then be not so good the next.

“Here you are expected to be pretty good every time you step out onto the pitch.”

Collins added: “You get that will to win from people like Michael Doyle, Richard Cresswell and Harry Maguire. Characters like that.

“People who you know are winners, who turn up every week and who you know have the attitude, hunger and desire. That, even if they have an off day, still deliver a certain level of performance.”

Collins, captaining United in Michael Doyle’s absence, claimed his third goal of the campaign from Paul Gallagher’s 54th minute corner. Tony McMahon, David McAllister and Dave Kitson also went close but Mark Howard produced several fine saves, most notably from Korey Smith, as Yeovil threatened. “Games like these can be some of the toughest,” Collins said. “Every away match is tough for us because people raise their games.

“Anyone who thinks all you have to do is turn up at places like this and that you’re going to win, has definitely never played the game.

“Being able to win like this, being unbeaten, sends a positive message out. We’re a resilient team and we try to combine that with good football.”