Former Nottingham Forest defender and current Sheffield United man, Jack Robinson, has insisted the Reds fans can quickly turn if things aren’t going right at the City Ground.
In what has been a bit of an odd few days since the first leg, United boss Paul Heckingbottom has been more vocal than he’s ever been with some of his comments on the game and the upcoming second leg. The Blades boss has spoken openly about the late goal changing attitudes, and insisted the pressure is on Forest, not United.
Alongside Heckingbottom on press duties was Jack Robinson. The ex-Forest man has been a mainstay of the United team this season and up until Saturday, had been excellent. And speaking ahead of tonight’s clash at the City Ground, Robinson himself seemed to be playing the mind games as he commented on Forest’s home crowd.
“I’ve played at the City Ground. Obviously I was there before Sheffield United, so I know that the crowd can get on you if you’re performing badly or you’re not at the races. We can only focus on ourselves and our performance. When we’ve performed we’ve beaten pretty much every team in this league,” Robinson said.
United will be hoping to just still be in the game come the hour mark. The Blades cannot afford Forest the amount of chances they had Saturday, while United’s own forwards need to do more.
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This is all it is from Heckingbottom and Robinson, really. They’ll know, like us fans do, that we were well beaten on Saturday and the scoreline could have been more. However, it’s not, and with just one goal in it, any slight advantage could help.
Of course, this could backfire if Forest’s players take any notice. They might use it as an incentive, while Forest fans will crank up the atmosphere seeing an ex-player almost criticise them.
The only plus is that Forest’s XI could almost be too fired up if they do take notice. With that can come lapses of concentration, and that’s where the Blades might look to capitalise.