Sheffield United: Play-off misery spurs McAllister

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DAVID McAllister has warned Sheffield United’s promotion rivals that Danny Wilson’s side are now a mentally tougher team than the one which reached the play-off final last season.

McAllister, a member of the squad denied a place in the Championship by Huddersfield Town, made the claim ahead of today’s meeting with Tranmere Rovers which could see United wrestle top spot from the visitors.

“What happened back then could be the making of us,” McAllister said. “Psychologically we are much stronger than we were.

“To come so close really hurt everyone involved. Like you wouldn’t believe.

“But, because of that, we’re now of the opinion that we can’t lose out again.

“We’re ready to do it by any means.”

Although references to May’s Wembley showpiece provoke outcry among some sections of the United support, McAllister revealed how the experience of losing on spot-kicks has ushered in a new era of meticulousness behind the scenes at Bramall Lane.

“We are determined to get every little bit, every little thing, right now and work on everything,” he added.

“We work hard to improve on everything, even penalties, because you never know when we might need to go to a shoot-out in that situation again.”

McAllister is poised to make the 19th start of his United career against opponents one point and two places higher than Wilson’s men in the League One table.

With Kevin McDonald unlikely to feature because of a strained ankle ligament, the former St Patrick’s Athletic protégé appears in pole position to partner fellow Irishman Michael Doyle in United’s central midfield for Bramall Lane’s biggest match so far this season.

“I’ll always give 100 per cent,” McAllister pledged.”