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Sheffield United's Chris Basham: 'It’s a ruthless league.'

Fri 01 January 2021 | 12:50

Sheffield United center-back Chris Basham urges the team to head into 2021 accepting they can turn the season around

The South Yorkshire side endured another significant defeat against Burnley on Tuesday that moved the Clarets 15 points away from their rival. 

The Blades

are 11 points away from safety but the 32-year old defender said: 

“We have to have the belief. We might as well throw the towel in now if we didn’t have belief

.

“I’ve been at this football club for a long time now and I’ve been through disappointing times. I’ve been 14th in League One so it’s nice to be playing in the Premier League.

“We’re still in the Premier League and we’ve just got to keep pushing that. We all believe that we should be here.

“Yes, it’s going to be really tough and obviously the results and the points tally that we’ve got shows that it’s going to be tough, so we just need to go into every game and be as positive as we can, individually and collectively as a team, and try and get a result.

“As soon as we go off that wagon of being strong and being together, I think that’s when you start being worried.”

With just two points from 16 games, United have just made the most exceedingly terrible beginning in

Premier League

history, and they would establish another undesirable precedent on the off chance that they neglect to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

No club has ever gone winless through the initial 17 rounds of a season, and Basham figures the Blades can utilize that as motivation. 

“I think we need as much motivation as we can. Obviously we’re all disappointed, we’re all feeling down, a little bit of embarrassment there as well.

“Obviously we’re very deflated but we want to prove people wrong, we want to try and get the result as soon as possible. We know that teams aren’t going to look at Sheffield United and go, ‘Oh, they’ve only got two points, we’ll let them have a win’. It’s a ruthless league.

“The manager’s pushing us all the way to keep that belief there. He believes it’s the bounce of a ball, he believes we can keep pushing. We had a lot of 1-0 wins last year so hopefully we can turn it round as soon as possible.

“We don’t want Sheffield United to be a club that’s recognised for the failures in the Premier League.”

“There’s loads to gain and nothing to lose,” said Basham. “Hopefully somebody can be the man who wants to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

“We’re excited. We’re going to try our best to get out of this situation, get as many points as possible and hopefully get some teams looking over their shoulder and saying, ‘Sheffield United are sneaking up there’.”

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