Slavisa Jokanovic has warned his Sheffield United players that they must not lose focus as they look to continue their fine form when they take on Middlesbrough tomorrow.
After a difficult start to the season, the Blades are now unbeaten in five and the late victory over Derby last time out made it three wins in four.
Encouragingly, the performances have improved too, with Jokanovic’s talented squad starting to show why many tipped them for promotion before a ball was kicked this season.
However, speaking to the Yorkshire Post, the boss made it clear that if the players can’t let their standards slip.
“If you are not focused enough, if for some reason we are arrogant and believe we are playing very well and we are a very good team it’s not possible to find the right level of self trust.
“I know we’ve made some important progress but it’s a huge gap in front of us and what we are doing right now is not enough for us to fight for the target we set at the beginning of the season.”
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Having won promotion from this level in the past, Jokanovic clearly knows what’s required to be successful, so his message will be taken on board for the players.
This league is unpredictable, with all games posing different sorts of challenges that the team need to overcome, and Middlesbrough sure to be a tough game tomorrow even with their poor run of form.
So, it’s now down to the players to maintain the high standards they’ve set in recent weeks as they look to push up the table.
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