Sheffield United are within touching distance of automatic promotion to the Premier League, and midfielder Oliver Norwood has insisted that Blades fans can help them over the line this season.
The 27-year-old, who was recently named in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season along with teammate Billy Sharp, has played an influential role in guiding Chris Wilder’s men up the table.
The midfielder has been a regular for the Blades since his move from Brighton and Hove Albion, making 36 appearances for the Blades who currently sit 2nd in the league standings.
United get back to league action against Bristol City this weekend after a short international break, and with just eight games of the season left to play, the Northern Ireland midfielder has urged the Bramall Lane faithful to help them get over the line this term.
Speaking to the Sheffield Star, he said: “I personally love playing at Bramall Lane, and I know the rest of the lads do as well – I remember around Christmas, when we played Derby and Blackburn at home, the atmosphere was fantastic and I think that’s when the fans really started to believe that we could do something special this season.”
“They got behind us and were really vocal – from our point of view, all we can do is ask them to stay with us and keep driving us forward if there’s a difficult period we come up against.”
Wilder’s men have a tough run-in ahead, with trips to the likes of Birmingham City, Preston North End and Stoke City still to come, with the club sitting one point clear of Leeds United in 3rd spot.
Norwood has been exceptional along with every other United player this season, and they thoroughly deserve to be promoted to the Premier League.
They still have tricky games to come – they still have to travel to the likes of Stoke City, Birmingham and Preston North End, with Millwall and Nottingham Forest still to come to Bramall Lane.
They have real character though, typified when beating Leeds United at Elland Road last time out, and you have got to fancy their chances of promotion now.