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Richard Stearman on positivity

6 December 2017

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Richard Stearman believes he and his team-mates will react positively against Bristol City on Friday evening, as the Blades target a return to winning ways.

And Stearman, who returned to the starting XI against Millwall last time out, says boss Chris Wilder was 'justified' in his criticism of the players following the loss at The Den.

The experienced defender commented: "We didn't help ourselves in the way we performed at Millwall. The Gaffer made his feelings known publicly and we were also bitterly disappointed in the dressing room too.

"As professionals we know when we've not performed to the high standards we've set previously, the manager made that point and it was certainly justified.

"I really value the manager's honesty, you know where you stand, he tells you exactly as it is and come Friday we'll be ready to rectify the situation."

Having fully recovered from a serious hamstring problem sustained at Cardiff in August, Stearman added: "It's been a massively frustrating season for me personally. I've not had a muscle injury before and it forced me to miss a substantial amount of time.

"But on the flip side, the lads have picked up a tremendous tally of points in my absence and I'm hoping now that I will be able to contribute more."

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