Jay McEveley has revealed that helping Sheffield United reach the Championship would be the greatest achievement of his football career, writes James Shield.
And, speaking ahead of today’s pivotal encounter against Preston North End, the defender insisted Nigel Clough’s side can overhaul the League One leaders and secure automatic promotion at the end of the campaign.
United trail second-placed Bristol City by 15 points but McEveley insisted: “This division can change in a matter of weeks. So, what we want to do, is keep ourselves up there, push on a bit and then kick on in the last 15 or so games because leagues aren’t won in December or January.
“It’s all well and good being top now but how do you handle that pressure? How do you handle a bad patch?”
“We can’t just think the season is over,” McEveley added. “We’re sixth in the league, in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and the fourth round of the FA Cup.
“I know some people might not think so but that’s good. We know what is expected of us and we expect it of ourselves.
“It’s just a case of getting that run together, where you feel unbeatable everytime you step on the pitch. I think that’s very close now.
“If I can help this team up it would be my biggest achievement in the game. Without a doubt because I know it would mean.”
McEveley joined United in August after being released by Swindon Town and is expected to make his 28th appearance for the South Yorkshire club against Simon Grayson’s third-placed team.
“When I went to Swindon under Paolo Di Canio we had that unbeatable feeling,” McEveley said. “We were sitting around the same position then, by the end of January, we were top of the league.
“Things didn’t pan out when he left but it showed what can happen. Tranmere were out front and no one thought they would be caught but they were because Bournemouth came storming through.
“Don’t be surprised if that’s the situation again. It’s not too late.”