Sheffield United midfielder Oliver Norwood is confident that the Blades will prove their doubters wrong by winning promotion to the Premier League this season.
The Blades’ automatic promotion hopes have suffered a blow in recent weeks, after back-to-back draws against Birmingham City and Millwall have seen them fall behind Leeds United in the promotion race.
With just four matches to go, Chris Wilder’s side are three points behind second-placed Leeds and face a must-win game against Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane this lunchtime.
After recent results, some people have questioned whether Sheffield United are good enough to win automatic promotion, but Norwood is still confident of the team’s chances and admitted that they are used to being written-off.
“I definitely feel good about this. Everyone has written us off all season. I do not think we have been outside the play-offs since September but people say, ‘They don’t deserve to be there’. Or that we will fall away,” said Norwood, as quoted by the Sheffield Star.
“It is funny then that we are third, and three points off second. Everyone wrote us off again last weekend, we are used to it.
“I don’t care what people think about us. It is a siege mentality. It is just noise.
“I do not care about the opinion on Twitter of John, who is 45 and still lives at home with his mum. It is completely irrelevant.”
It’s good to see this sort of determination from Norwood and despite a difficult few weeks, the Sheffield United players still have reason to be confident of their automatic promotion chances.
As we have seen over the last few games, anything can happen in the Championship and there is still time for a few more twists and turns in the promotion race yet.
Sheffield United still have a good chance of achieving a top-two finish, but the next two matches over the Easter weekend against Forest and Hull City could potentially define their season.
The pressure is on for them to deliver back-to-back wins and the players will know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups as they look to keep the pressure on Leeds.
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