Sheffield United: Change of mood ahead of Posh clash

Stephen McGinn (left) celebrates with fellow Scots Neill Collins (centre) and Ryan Flynn
Stephen McGinn (left) celebrates with fellow Scots Neill Collins (centre) and Ryan Flynn

Sheffield United’s Stephen McGinn last night revealed how the atmosphere inside the League One club’s training complex has changed since Saturday’s victory over Port Vale, writes James Shield.

But the former Scotland under-21 international, who is expected to feature against Peterborough this evening, warned his colleagues they must produce another combative performance at London Road to avoid being sucked back into the bottom four.

“It was a massive relief to get that result,” McGinn said. “That was the over-riding feeling in the dressing room afterwards.

“It’s really tough when you are on a bad run because, every time you come into work on a Monday morning, it’s another post-mortem. Another round of looking at what happened and what went wrong.

“Fortunately, we haven’t had to do that again. The mood has been pretty different.”

McGinn, who joined United during the close season, returned to favour following Chris Morgan’s appointment as interim manager.

“It’s great to be back involved again,” he added. “It’s not nice at the best of time to be out of the team but it’s even worse when they results aren’t coming and points are being dropped.”

United climbed to 20th in the table after dispatching Vale 2-1. Peterborough remained second despite recording their fifth consecutive win by beating Shrewsbury Town three days ago.

McGinn said: “Peterborough are a good team and we will show them the respect they deserve. But we won’t be showing them too much respect because we’ve got good players too.”

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