Self-awareness helps revive Blades – Flynn

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Ryan Flynn believes Sheffield United’s revival is down to the Blades having stopped worrying about the opposition.

Three successive home defeats had dented United’s promotion hopes but Danny Wilson’s side have steadied the ship by winning their last three games against Shrewsbury, Bury and Colchester.

Flynn pinpoints the second half against Coventry as having shown the way forward when United cast off the shackles and were unfortunate to finish empty-handed.

“In the second half at Coventry, we just went and played our football,” said the Blades midfielder. “If we play to our strengths, then the majority of the time we will come out with a victory. The way we move the ball about suits everyone.

“We were worrying about the opposition, but now we look at winning our individual battles. Going on an attacking mode rather than worrying about the other team. It suits us, going for a win and not sitting back and allowing the game to develop.

“The way we play, the quick tempo, sometimes teams can’t handle it and the last three games have shown that.”

The Blades face Bournemouth today, two of six clubs at the top of League One separated by just two points. United won the match at Bramall Lane 5-3, not that Flynn is expecting another goal fest today.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us,” he said. “But we can’t worry about anyone else, just concentrate on ourselves. The game at Bramall Lane was a great victory for us and I am sure we would take something quite similar again. I am sure it will be a lot tighter than the 5-3 game.

“There’s 14 games left and plenty of points to be played for. But as long as at the end of the season we are in those top two places, that’s what our aim is. We want to win the league.

“There are six or seven teams at the top, I have never seen it so tight, to be honest.

“We have won three games on the bounce, but I think the most important thing was the performances. It just wasn’t winning, it was the manner in which we controlled the games, and in all three I would say we controlled them from start to finish.”