Lundstram delighted to silence the doubters
John Lundstram says the chance to prove people wrong is what has motivated both himself and Sheffield United so far this season.
The Blades have enjoyed a good start to life back in the Premier League, taking six points from their first four matches to leave them comfortably in mid-table.
United have so far defied pre-season expectations, having been made one of the favourites for relegation, and Lundstram says people writing them off before the start of the campaign only added fuel to the fire.
Lundstram feels the Blades have not been given enough credit for their style of football under Wilder since winning promotion.
The 25-year-old Liverpudlian also admitted his own disappointment of failing to make the first-team breakthrough at Everton four years ago is a constant source of motivation.
“Individually and collectively you’ve got to use it as fire to go on and try and prove people wrong,” said Lundstram.
Lundstram, a regular for England at various youth levels, left Goodison Park at the end of the 2014/15 season in search of regular football and joined Oxford, then in League Two.
He made just 10 Championship appearances for the Blades last season but has started all four of their games in the top flight and struck the winner in their opening home game against Crystal Palace.
The Blades fought back from 2-0 down at Chelsea to draw 2-2 at Stamford Bridge before the international break and Lundstram thinks they might have surprised their critics.
“Sometimes when they were talking about us I don’t think they had watched us much really,” he added.
“Some people were saying we didn’t play much good football but if you watch us regularly you’d see that we do.”
Lundstram will get another chance to enhance his credentials against Southampton on Saturday, with boss Chris Wilder expected to name a similar side to the one that took on Chelsea last time out.
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