Ryan Flynn hopes Sheffield United’s historic FA Cup success over Aston Villa can trigger an explosive run of results in League One, writes James Shield.
Despite beating Paul Lambert’s side 2-1 last weekend, the South Yorkshire club remain perilously close to the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s crucial encounter with fellow strugglers Notts County.
United enter that match at Meadow Lane having won seven of their 14 outings since manager Nigel Clough’s appointment three months ago and Flynn told The Star: “We have to take the confidence from this victory and look to press on. Hopefully it can only help us going forward.
“To begin with we were having to scrap hard for every single point but, in the last few games, we’ve been better. Slowly but surely, I think we are moving in the right direction.”
Flynn, whose second-half goal sealed United’s first ever success in the competition at Villa Park, added: “What should be good our self-belief is that we thoroughly deserved that result. It’s a special competition and I’ll be showing everyone the video.
“We, the ones who got on the scoresheet, are the ones who get the plaudits but it was the lads at the back who have us the chance to express ourselves.
“It was a real term performance and we want to repeat that again.”
Flynn, whose fellow Scot Jamie Murphy opened the scoring at Villa before Nicklas Helenius equalised for the hosts, also paid tribute to the United supporters who journeyed to the Midlands and, insisting United’s performance against the Premier League club must form the template for their fixture with County, described them as instrumental in the battle to avoid the drop.
“We could hear the fans throughout and that really drove us on,” he said. “They really played their part.
“It was a great feeling when my shot hit the back of the net and what made it even more special was being able to celebrate in front of them.
“Hopefully we’ve made them and everyone else connected with the club happy. But now the important thing is to focus completely on our next match because that’s always the most important one.”