Paul Heckingbottom has outlined the strategy that Sheffield United must adopt when facing Brighton this Sunday, aiming to secure another significant result in their quest for Premier League survival. The Blades head south with confidence following their first win of the season last weekend against Wolves.
Meanwhile, the home side is riding high after an impressive European victory over Ajax on Thursday night, which their manager Roberto De Zerbi has hailed as their biggest victory in their history. Despite going winless in their last five league matches, Brighton still holds seventh position in the Premier League and poses a formidable challenge for Sheffield United before the upcoming international break.
The Blades chief stated in his pre-match press conference:
“It’s still only a few games into the season and, regardless of what we do in the short term, we have to brace ourselves for how tough and difficult this league is. Because there’ll be moments where if you get carried away and start relaxing, things can come back and bite you. So we have to get the mentality right. We’re fighting, we’ve worked so hard to get here and we’re fighting to stay here.”[SUTV]
The win against Wolves has injected optimism at Bramall Lane, and despite widespread skepticism, including pundits labeling them as one of the worst teams in Premier League history, Sheffield United could leapfrog Burnley and Luton Town if they can pull off another surprising victory on Sunday afternoon.
Sheffield United will be hoping history will repeat itself on the South Coast; the Blades boast an undefeated record in the Premier League against Brighton, having secured two wins and two draws in their four encounters.