Sheffield United: Ryan ignores the critics

RYAN Flynn is refusing to allow the hysteria surrounding this season’s race for the Championship to distract from the serious business of trying to secure promotion from League One, writes James Shield.

The Sheffield United winger, who is expected to make his 72nd appearance for Danny Wilson’s side against MK Dons this weekend, revealed he will be operating under a self-imposed media blackout between now and the end of the season.

Flynn, a member of the team which remained second in the table following Saturday’s victory over Oldham Athletic, said: “I’m not reading the papers, listening to the radio or anything like that.

“All I want to do is concentrate on the job in hand and not get caught up in anything else that’s going on or being discussed.

“It’s got nothing to do with me and I can’t affect any of it. All I’m bothered about is what we can do as a team and how I can help.

“So that’s what my attention is on.”

With only seven points separating the division’s leading seven teams, Flynn’s comments will be endorsed by Wilson.

The United manager warned recently that “calmness and cool heads” will be crucial over the coming weeks.

Leaders Doncaster Rovers and fourth placed Brentford are both in action this evening.

“Things are chopping and changing all the time,” Wilson said. “So the important thing is to stay on an even keel and not get carried away by anything.

“Obviously we hope that chopping and changing goes on below us in the standings. The important thing, though, is just to focus on ourselves.

“We want to do our jobs. Not worry or be concerned by what anyone else may or may not be doing.”

United have been criticised in recent weeks for struggling to translate a series of excellent away performances into results at home.

They prepare to entertain MK Dons having won seven and drawn seven of their 17 league matches at Bramall Lane this term.

On the road, United boast a 55.5 per cent success rate and Flynn said: “The only people we listen to are the manager and his staff.

“They are the ones we take notice of.”

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