Nigel Clough has warned his players must be ready to win ‘by any means necessary’ against Scunthorpe tomorrow.
The Blades boss made the admission after yesterday’s defeat at Port Vale which left the visitors sixth in the table and without a League One win since November 15.
Chris Basham will be suspended for the clash with Mark Robins’ side following his controversial red card during a hard-fought contest in Staffordshire.
Clough indicated he could look to appeal referee Stuart Attwell’s decision but told The Star: “We’ve got to be ready to kill for a win now if necessary.
“That’s the attitude these lads have got to have because that’s the type of attitude and approach which gets you back on track and turns difficult periods like this around.
“I thought we deserved more out of that game. When we went down to 10 men you couldn’t tell we were at a numerical disadvantage and I don’t remember (goalkeeper) Mark Howard having too much to do.
“There’s not a lot wrong out there but we do have to be less careless at both ends of the pitch. Because the goals we conceded were disappointing and we could, should in fact, have scored more ourselves despite going down to 10.”
Basham was dismissed following a challenge with former United midfielder Michael Brown before Jamal Campbell-Ryce cancelled-out Ben Williamson’s opener. However Dany N’Guessan’s penalty condemned United to their first loss at Vale Park for 31 years when Bob Harris upended Mark Marshall during the closing stages.
With Basham now facing a three match ban, Clough could be tempted to ask Crystal Palace to shelve their plans to recall Paddy McCarthy for next month’s third round of the FA Cup.
Having revealed several players, including Chesterfield’s Jimmy Ryan, could be the subject of approaches during the forthcoming transfer window, Clough added: “We are looking for players capable of making the difference in both penalty boxes. There were positives out there but having put so much in we know we really should have been taking something away with us from that game.”