Alan Shearer is the latest pundit to praise the “attitude” of Sheffield United and manager Chris Wilder.
The Blades have won five of their last seven matches in all competitions. They came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Tuesday night in their latest outing.
They remain bottom of the Premier League table and 10 points from safety. But have closed the gap a little more on those above them.
At the halfway stage this season, they were on course for the worst points tally since the league was rebranded in 1992. Yet recent victories against Newcastle United and Manchester United means they have now matched Derby County’s record low 11 points from 2007/08.
Whether they can go on to avoid relegation is an entirely more challenging task. But they are at least showing they’re up for the fight.
“Great attitude,” Shearer told the Premier League website. “Congratulations to Chris and his team for hanging in there, giving themselves an opportunity. Albeit, almost an impossible one.
“But they do work hard and they do make it difficult. When you’ve got that as a group, then Chris has got a chance.”
Shearer not the only pundit praising Sheffield United
The former Newcastle and England striker was speaking alongside Ian Wright, who has recently become a vocal supporter of the Blades.
While on Match Of The Day at the weekend following the South Yorkshire side’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City, Wright said “it’s not too late” for them to turn it around.
Despite the result, the Arsenal legend was impressed by what he’d seen from Wilder’s team at the Etihad Stadium.
Wright added that he thinks they “can get out of it” and that belief will only have been strengthened by the victory over West Brom.
There was a similar sentiment last week when the Blades secured a shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
After that result, ex-Man United forward Michael Owen said “you can’t totally write them off”. Another title winner with the Red Devils, Owen Hargreaves, was also impressed by what he saw.
The gap still remains a big one, but the sides just outside the drop zone will definitely be looking over their shoulder now.