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Chris Basham reveals how Sheffield United are treating the pressure of this weekend’s game against Fulham

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Despite currently sitting in the play-offs, Sheffield United are taking it to the last day to secure their top six finish. 

Going into the final weekend of Championship fixtures, the Blades sit fifth in the table.

As long as Middlesbrough and Millwall don’t win their games, United have the play-offs secured.

However, if Middlesbrough can overcome Preston North End or Millwall can beat Bournemouth, then the Blades need to win their game.

On the final day they face Fulham who have been confirmed as Champions meaning there is a lot of pressure for Sheffield United going into this game.

However, Chris Basham sees this as exciting as he told The Star: “That’s what you want as a footballer. If you’re not fighting for something, you’re just living the lifestyle of it really. So it’s great to still be fighting for something.

“Fighting for the Premier League and fighting for this club. We had a stuttering start to this season, and being relegated was the hardest season I’ve ever had.

“Being back in front of the fans is great. Hopefully we can produce and it’s about who wants to do it. Who wants to be the main man?”

In answer to his own question, Basham credited Morgan Gibbs-White who is on loan with the Blades as he said: “At the minute, Morgan’s stepping up for us. Which is brilliant.”

Given there is already pressure upon Gibbs-White who is having to step up to account for top scorer and captain Billy Sharp being injured, his teammates will be hoping he can handle pressure in the same way if they do reach the play-offs.

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You can see what Basham means when he talks about the pressure and enjoying it because for a footballer pressure means there is something to play for, and if you don’t want to be playing for something then what are you in it for?

Not only do his comments show how much he wants his side to succeed, but it also suggests he won’t be prepared to crumble under the pressure but rather take it as motivation to succeed.

The Blades don’t have the easiest game to end the season especially when they need a win to definitely secure their finish in the play-offs.

However, with Fulham now being confirmed as champions, they may hope that their opponents have taken to an early holiday making them slightly easier to overcome especially with United being the team who has something to play for.

It will no doubt be a tough game but it seems as though Basham and his teammates are prepared for the challenge they face.


Passionate football fan supporting Barnet FC and Newcastle United. Currently studying a masters at UCFB alongside writing for Football League World.

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