Sheffield United: ‘Quitters will be drummed out of the Lane’

Sheffield United's Ben Davies says Nigel Clough demands a lot of his players � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United's Ben Davies says Nigel Clough demands a lot of his players � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Ben Davies has warned quitters will not be tolerated at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.

The Sheffield United midfielder issued his threat after scoring twice for Nigel Clough’s side during their dramatic victory over Colchester in midweek.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One clash with Swindon Town, which could see the visitors extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games, Davies told The Star: “The gaffer and his staff drum it into us about never giving-up. Even if we were losing 5-0 and someone turned their back on the ball in the last minute, they’d probably never play for the club again.

“That’s the thing about us now. We keep going, no matter what, right until the very end.”

Davies, who helped United overturn a two goal deficit during the final five minutes of Tuesday’s encounter at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, also attributed their durability to Clough’s gruelling fitness regime.

“We got absolutely beasted during pre-season and I think, the work we put in then, is now showing towards the end of games,” Davies added. “The fitness definitely helps too.

“Colchester was probably our most important win (of the campaign) so far because those are the types of matches when, looking back at the end, you think ‘that was the difference.’

“We know we can score goals but, to begin with down there, none of us won our duels. We’ve got to rectify that at Swindon.

“But you can be sure we’ll be fighting right until the end of the match, irrespective of what’s going on.”