Tonge tribute to defence
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Tonge has praised the defence for Sheff Utd's recent rise up the table.
Michael Tonge has praised Sheffield United's defence for the team's recent rise up the Premiership table.
A run of three wins and a draw has lifted The Blades into 15th in the table, boosting the club's hopes of survival.
Tonge is delighted with the current run of results and, after two successive clean sheets away from home, paid tribute to the back-line.
"It's a great run in any league," Tonge told Sky Sports News.
"I think with the Premier League being so tight at the minute it's obvious that if you do put them kind of results together you will move up the table as we've seen.
"Equally, every game is difficult and although we've done well recently, you can easily in this league go a few games without a result.
"The lads at the back, especially recently, have been doing fantastic, they really have been defending well.
"A lot of the lads are in form and if we are going to do well you are always going to have to be tight."
The Blades head to Portsmouth on Saturday and Tonge is expecting a stern examination at Fratton Park.
He added: "It's going to be a really tough one. Whenever we've been down there in the past it's been a difficult game.
"They've got some brilliant players, but I'm sure we'll be having a go and trying to cause them some problems."