Conor Sammon wants Sheffield United to take out their frustration on Chesterfield after revealing Nigel Adkins’ squad are “hurting” after making a disappointing start to the new season, writes James Shield.
United return to League One action this afternoon seven days after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Gillingham.
But Sammon, who also featured during the midweek Capital One Cup success at Morecambe, is confident that result will not cast a shadow over the rest of the campaign.
“You have ups and down in football, like you do in life,” he told The Star. “But there’s a saying: ‘Tough times don’t last but tough people do.’ I like that, it’s a good attitude to have.
“We’ve got a good core here. A good mix of experience and younger lads looking to build their careers.
“We’ve got lots of talent and lots of goals in this team. So, if we have that toughness, it will only add to us.
“But talk is cheap. We’ve got to do the business and play how we can. Give Chesterfield lots of problems. We want every team who plays against us to think: ‘Jeez, I didn’t enjoy any of that.”
Sammon on loan from Derby County, added: “We are hurting ourselves. And we’re looking to put that in to the performance against Chesterfield. The manager is always very positive and I’m a positive person myself.
“I can’t put my finger on what happened at Gillingham. Pre-season went well in terms of results and style of performance.
“It’s hard to identify why but we didn’t do the things we would normally do. We’ve got to learn from that and move on. Improve and bounce back.
“We’re lucky in football that there’s always another game, especially in this league, just around the corner so you don’t get time to dwell on a defeat or even a win.
“We came in on Monday and discussed it internally. Then we drew a line under it and prepared for the next game.
“It was a hard fought victory against Morecambe who, I thought, played very well on the day.”