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Baptiste reflects on Blades bow

3 March 2016

Alex Baptiste is looking to make the most of his loan stint with the Blades and is adamant the fight for a play-off spot must go on.

The versatile defender joined United on a 93-day emergency loan on the eve of Tuesday's loss to Burton Albion and made his debut as a second-half substitute against the Brewers.

And despite that setback against the league leaders, the Middlesbrough loanee remains upbeat about the Blades prospects of a top six finish.

But first and foremost he was delighted to return to first-team action, having broken his leg in two places on his Boro bow in pre-season.

"I have been out for so long that I just want to play football. The result was not what we wanted but, from a personal level, it was really pleasing to play 25 minutes.

"When you are out for so long, it is heartbreaking. The injury was a serious one and this has been a long road back.

"Middlesbrough have been fantastic and I am grateful to Sheffield United for giving me a chance to play. I want to repay that."

He continued: "We were disappointed with the result and performance against Burton, but we can bounce back and there is everything still to play for.

"The belief is there. You only have to look at the league table. Two wins on the bounce and you are right back in it. If you can get three or four, then it can take you up to third or fourth.

"If we can grind some results out, there is no reason why we can't get into the play-off places when it matters."

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