Tommy Doyle says Sheffield United have to go back to basics in a bid to win again. The Blades entertain Watford on Saturday after back-to-back defeats.
Defeats at home to Middlesbrough and away to Millwall have cut the gap to third-placed Boro to just four points, but Paul Heckingbottom’s men are a game down on Michael Carrick’s.
Saturday’s 3-2 loss at The Den saw the visitors consign three goals that were out of keeping with their defense for much of this season.
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The midfielder, on loan from Man City, scored his second goal for Sheffield United to make it 1-1 against the Lions and feels that returning to the team other teams found so difficult to beat is a good place to start on Saturday. when fellow Watford promotion hopefuls visit Bramall Lane.
“We just have to get back to basics,” Doyle explained before Saturday’s game. “We wanted to win against Millwall but we didn’t. We did it again twice, which was frustrating.”
“We’re not panicking or worrying in any way, we just need to get back to what we do best.
“Usually it’s difficult to play against us, we have been for most of the season, sometimes you just have to remind yourself of the values you have.”
One thing Doyle feels United have going for them over the remaining 14 games is the dressing room experience. Several players have already tasted promotion from the Championship after being part of the 2018-19 campaign and that, he says, will serve them well.
“It helps a lot, definitely, guys like me haven’t been in this situation before,” he added. “It helps to have a lot of veteran guys.
“We have a good mix of experience and people who haven’t played that many. We’ll stick together and hopefully sort it out over the weekend.”
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