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Question Time - Scott Hogan

20 February 2019

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Scott Hogan was the main focus of 'Question Time' in UTB - United's ever popular matchday programme - for the recent fixture against Middlesbrough.

The Aston Villa loanee adorned the cover against Boro and spoke exclusively with UTB's Mark Woollas, before going on to make his Blades debut against Reading.

Striker Scott Hogan comes to Bramall Lane with one clear focus... promotion to the Premier League with United.

And speaking exclusively to UTB's Mark Woollas, Scott believes his time at S2 is a chance to prove himself at Championship level in the best possible way, by helping fire the Blades back to the top-flight.

Having been forced to take a watching brief against parent club, Aston Villa, on Friday evening, the 26-year-old is raring to go against Middlesbrough tonight, if selected.


UTB: How did it feel watching Friday's game on the television as opposed to being involved?
SH: It was frustrating that I couldn't play, but it is what it is I suppose, you know the score when you make the move. I knew the fixture was coming up, Villa weren't ever going to let me play, so I knew when I signed that I wouldn't be involved, it's just part and parcel of moving on-loan in the January window. I wasn't at the game, I watched it on television. I didn't have to travel, the manager was relaxed about the situation and there was no need to, so I stayed out of the firing line.

UTB: How excited are you about stepping out at Bramall Lane as a Blade for the first time?
SH: It's down to the manager to make the decisions on who plays and who comes off the bench, I've just got to make sure I'm ready to go when I get the call, I'm confident I will be. It's just a case for me of biding my time and doing all I can when I get an opportunity. The plan is to get some minutes in these two home games this week, it'll just be nice to get the debut out of the way, it's business as usual from there and hopefully I can really kick on.

UTB: You are no stranger to the area, having played in non-league at Stocksbridge Park Steels. What are your memories of Bracken Moor?
SH: I enjoyed my time at Stocksbridge, as I did at all the non-league clubs I played for. It was a good club, in a good area, when I was there it was a lovely pitch. Ultimately there were two goals and a ball so it doesn't really matter where you play. It was all character-building, I suppose, and these days you see a lot of players taking more unconventional routes into the game and I think you'll see more and more coming through in the future, despite all the money that's in the game.

UTB: The manager has spoken of his admiration of your career path, it must be good that he can relate to the dedication you've put in
SH: My playing career perhaps mirrors the gaffer's managerial career, it's certainly along the same lines and there was an instant mutual respect there when we spoke. He began locally, progressed through the non-league system and has earned his chance to manage his boyhood club. It's nice for me that he knows my background and can relate and engage with you about your background and your experiences. We've both taken the routes we have and it's worked for me as a player and the gaffer as a manager, we've both worked hard for the opportunities we've got now.

UTB: Having spoken about how good you think United are to watch, how have you found it being in and amongst the players?
SH: The lads have been great since the minute I walked through the door, we've just got to kick on in the remaining 15 games of the season. I said to the manager before I signed that in my opinion there were some excellent players here, nobody likes playing Sheffield United. I hope the lads realise that between now and the end of the season because it's a compliment and was proven in the opening 80 minutes on Friday. It's just going to take that little bit extra to get our hands on the big prize, but I'm confident the lads can do that and I want to play some part in that success.

UTB: In a positive way, do you come here with something of a point to prove?
SH: Everyone has a point to prove, but maybe I've been written off by a quite few people now. That doesn't bother me at all, in fact it'll fuel me to succeed here and my plan is to contribute to helping Sheffield United win promotion to the Premier League, if I do that it will silence the doubters. It will make people sit up and take note of me again because for whatever reasons sometimes it doesn't work out for certain players at certain clubs. I'm just going to crack on, work hard and get my head down, I want to prove a hell of a lot of people wrong during my time here.

UTB: Could United's options at the top of the pitch prove a decisive factor between now and the end of the season.
SH: I hope so. Competition for places always drives players on, you are always looking over your shoulder knowing someone is there to take your place if you don't perform and collectively it can only benefit the squad and the manager. He's got numerous options, particularly in attacking positions, but it's well known in football that competition and depth within a squad contributes heavily to being successful. You can see it in training, we play on the edge, strikers want to score, the midfielders want to create and the defenders want to keep the ball out.

UTB: What do you put United's success so far down to?
SH: I think this squad is a reflection of the manager. There are no big names, no egos and I always believe every good team is a reflection of what their manager is about. This team has the characteristics of the gaffer, it shows on the pitch and there is a genuine desire throughout the club to be successful this season, that excited me when I spoke with the gaffer and I've seen it first-hand since I joined. The league table doesn't lie, we are where we are on merit. We've got a good thing going on here and the fans are right behind the players, who really appreciate the backing. The league table won't lie come May, wherever you finish you'll have deserved to have finish there, talk at this stage will count for nothing.


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