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Turning a negative into a positive

16 August 2012

Neill Collins believes the disappointment of last season can spur the Blades on to promotion this time around.

The Scottish defender says that the penalty horrors against Huddersfield Town will never leave the players but insists they are firmly at the back of everyone's mind as the new League One campaign edges ever nearer.

"Everyone is looking forward to the new season, hopefully we can go one better than last season and win promotion.

"Wembley will never be forgotten but we move on to a blank canvas and now attentions are fully focused on the season ahead.

"We have the same motivation and drive to win promotion and, like everybody, our target is to be champions of League One, but we can't afford to take anything for granted.

"The disappointment will drive us on but we want to get back to the Championship for the fans who backed us through thick and thin last season in fantastic numbers."

Collins hopes the Blades can hit the ground running, but is calling for some understanding from the terraces if things don't go according to plan from the off, believing United got better as the season progressed last year:

"We might need an element of patience in the early weeks of the season because we didn't really hit the traps until around Christmas time last term, when several players were at the top of their games.

"Although we have lost a few we still have several strong partnerships across the pitch, including myself and Harry and Michael (Doyle) and Kevin (McDonald)."

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