Tonge wants Blades sharpened
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Tonge believes Sheffield United must sharpen their attacking edge to survive.
Midfielder Michael Tonge believes Sheffield United must improve their attacking edge if they are to survive in The Premiership.
The 23-year-old Mancunian featured in The Blades' commendable opening day draw with Liverpool at Bramall Lane and the disappointing 2-0 midweek defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
There was a marked deterioration in the South Yorkshire outfit's performance away from home, and Tonge has laid the blame up front rather than at the back.
"It's about how we bounce back from a result like this," Tonge reflected.
"We have to take the positives and put them into practice against Fulham on Saturday.
"I feel we've played some decent football up until the last third, and that is where the difference lies because it's difficult to break teams down in that area.
"Hopefully in weeks to come we can work on things, get cuter around the box and create a few more chances."
Early goals from new £10.8 man Dimitar Berbatov and Jermaine Jenas gave Spurs all three points at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night.
Without £2.2 million striker Rob Hulse available because of a groin injury picked up in training, United's forward-line looked lightweight, and boss Neil Warnock knows his side must learn to adapt to the higher standard of their opponents if they are to avoid an immediate return to The Championship.