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Self-belief is the key

17 December 2013

Michael Doyle insists the Blades are focused on points not plaudits, after Saturday's win over Swindon Town saw the current unbeaten run extended to five matches in all competitions.

Under the stewardship of Nigel Clough, the Blades are gradually distancing themselves from the League One relegation zone, but the captain says this is just the beginning, after a difficult 2013 at Bramall Lane.

"Our performance (on Saturday) could have been better I suppose but the most important thing for us now is points," Doyle said. "We are all sticking together, pulling in the right direction and if you don't have those qualities then you aren't going to get anywhere.

"We've tried different ways of doing things. We've done the 300 and 400 passes per game thing and didn't get the results. Now we're making sure we're strong, solid and, because of that, capable of overpowering opponents.

"It's not just been a tough start to the season for us. People forget, if you trace everything all the way back to January, that it's also been a really tough year."

Self-belief is key to United's prospects of continuing to climb the table, according to the skipper, who is adamant the quality required to succeed in this division is already within the squad.

"People like Jose (Baxter), Ryan (Flynn) and Jamie (Murphy) are matchwinners," Doyle continued. "And once their confidence builds then they can be outstanding.

"Hopefully that's coming back now because we're on a decent little run and becoming much tougher to beat. There's a really good feeling around the whole camp.

"Basically, it's up to the rest of us to give them a platform and then those lads can drive us forward. They've got the ability, without a shadow of a doubt. We all know each other's characteristics, we all know that we can rely on one another.

"We also know that we've got some top quality players here who are only going to get better and better as that self-belief continues to come back."

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