Jason Holt has warned Sheffield United’s League One rivals that Nigel Clough’s side will not buckle under pressure as they attempt to put their bid for Championship football back on track, writes James Shield.
And, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Port Vale, the midfielder insisted criticism provoked by going five games without a victory means they are more determined than ever to prove the doubters wrong.
“As players, we are just concentrating about what we do on the pitch,” Holt, on loan from Heart of Midlothian, said. “We can’t afford to look at anything else. First and foremost, we just want to do our jobs.
“Everywhere you play there’s pressure. It’s how you deal with it that counts.
“Players thrive on that pressure because it’s part and parcel of the job. We put pressure on ourselves, nobody does that more than us, and we want that pressure because it proves we’ve got something to compete for.”
United, who host Scunthorpe and Crewe Alexandra after facing the visitors from Staffordshire, remained fifth in the table after drawing at Walsall in midweek.
“We’re in the play-offs and so we’re in the box seat. We’ve got a game in hand and three at home coming up.
“When I first came here it was about impressing but it would be great to get this club up.
“The group here is brilliant. There’s lots of quality and a really good bond between all the lads and staff.
“When you look around the dressing room, that fills you with confidence about what we can do because of the type of people that are there.
“We want to make a big push, we all know what’s required and we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”