Sheffield United: Chris backs Blades’ staying power

Matt Done could feature at Port Vale today
Matt Done could feature at Port Vale today

Chris Basham has challenged his Sheffield United team mates to seize control of League One by going on a 10 match unbeaten run.

The midfielder threw down the gauntlet after insisting Nigel Adkins’ side, despite climbing to sixth in the table, has only shown glimpses of its potential so far this term.

“A lot of the in-form teams, after 10 games, are very fresh and playing well,” Basham said. “I still don’t think we have hit 100 per cent, but we are very close to it.

“Once we do, we have got to go on more than four games on the bounce, it has to be nine or 10. That can close the difference at the top.”

United, who beat Doncaster Rovers last weekend before drawing with leaders Burton Albion on Tuesday, visit Port Vale today.

“We have got lads making impacts off the bench, we have everything in this team,” Basham added.”It’s just taking things off the training field onto the pitch.

“The Doncaster game was a good one, a derby. We just need to go to Port Vale and win.

“Confidence comes with winning games, it’s sometimes just that final ball, or scoring that one chance.”

Matt Done could return to action this afternoon after confirming his fitness following a collarbone injury by taking part in an under-21 fixture with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.

“We went to Burton, who were top of the league, and played a very good formation,” Basham said. “Coming after the Doncaster result, we got a draw, and hopefully we can come away from Port Vale and make it seven points in a week.”

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