Sheffield United v Crawley Town: Alcock certain he has now joined a ‘big club’

Sheffield United Manager Nigel Clough (right)
Sheffield United Manager Nigel Clough (right)
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CRAIG ALCOCK admits joining one of League One’s big guns has proved something of a culture shock.

The 26-year-old joined Sheffield United from Peterborough during the summer having also spent five years with Yeovil.

Ahead of Crawley’s visit today, Alcock said: “The challenge is different here compared to my other clubs. Teams come to Bramall Lane and are set up differently to how they might have done (at London Road and Huish Park).

“At our home, teams come to try and stop us playing. I have seen that already.

“But, at the same time, we are playing good teams and nothing is going to be given to us.

“Opposition teams are inspired coming here. It is more of an occasion for a visiting player and you enjoy it for what it is.

“Just look at the opening day. We had 20,000 people here and that is great to run out in front of. The atmosphere was incredible against Bristol City on my home debut.

“I loved the song the fans sing at kick-off. I will have to learn the words properly, I was trying to make them out, but then the game started. It showed how passionate the fans are here.

“When I was a visiting player with Peterborough in the Championship, I went to a lot of big grounds and I was the same.

“We went to West Ham and Leeds, both big, big grounds. You would look around and see the passion that the fans had. Leeds, in particular, was memorable because the fans are so close to the pitch.

“It was the same at most grounds in the Championship, to be fair.

“The challenge of coping (with opposition players being inspired at the Lane) is one we accept.

“We know teams will enjoy coming here, but we have to be ready and to make sure they leave unhappy.”