Sheffield United: Blades ready to get their hands dirty

Jose Baxter in action against Hartlepool � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Jose Baxter in action against Hartlepool � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Jose Baxter has warned it would be a mistake to blame Sheffield United’s disappointing start to the League One season on the club’s tactical approach, writes James Shield.

But the midfielder, insisting that players rather than former manager David Weir are responsible for its slide down the table, admitted they must combine passing football with pragmatism when Port Vale visit Bramall Lane this weekend.

Baxter said: “We still have what it takes to go on a good run and get ourselves right back in the mix. But we’ve also got to make sure we have the mind-set whereby we’re ready to do anything to get those three points.

“Be ready to do the dirty little things when necessary.”

United enter the meeting with Micky Adams’ side in 24th place following Sunday’s defeat by Coventry City.

Baxter, who aggravated a muscle injury at Sixfields, added: “If that means going five per cent harder into a tackle then so be it. If that means running 10 per cent further then the same.

“That’s the attitude we’ve got to have now but we still believe.”

Meanwhile, United season ticket holders have been invited to ‘bring a friend’ free of charge to this weekend’s visit of Vale.

The promotional passes can be obtained either in person at the box office or by telephoning 08719951889 until 1pm on matchday.

Supporters taking advantage of the initiative must provide their customer identification number. Corporate members can secure two free tickets as part of the same offer.

Julian Winter, United’s chief executive, said: “We are keen to thank our fans for their tremendous backing this season and encourage the support from the stands to continue.

“We hope that more supporters inside Bramall Lane will help us create a positive atmosphere and give the players a lift as we bid to begin to start climbing the table.

“We are urging everyone to get behind the players and hopefully they can have made the difference.”