Warnock: We're far from safe
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock believes his side are far from safe.
Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock believes his side still have plenty to do to retain their Premiership status.
The Blades boosted their survival hopes on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 home victory over Fulham to go seven points clear of the bottom three.
Despite the current position, Warnock is not taking anything for granted.
"We're miles away yet," he told Sky Sports News. "Steve (Coppell) keeps talking about safety, but they're on 37 at Reading.
"We're mountains away from that.
"You don't look that far ahead, you just worry about where you're going to get the next point from.
"Everybody looks at that magic 40 points tally. I think there have been teams that have stayed up on 34 points in the past.
"Overall, you look at the 40-point margin and 99 per cent of the time, you are usually safe. That's why people look at that.
"But we're looking at the 30-point margin at the moment."
Warnock was busy in the January transfer window, bringing in five new players in a bid to strengthen his Bramall Lane squad.
Despite the additions, Warnock admitted there was a limit to the amount of transfer business he was able to do last month.
"We missed out on two or three players that we couldn't afford," he added. "Wages-wise, they were different class really.
"We're not with the Blackburn's, Bolton's and Wigan's of this world. We can't afford the (big) wages at the moment.
"The clubs I've talked about have established themselves, so they have the right to do that.
"We haven't the right yet, we need to stay up there and hopefully in 18 months, we'll be on a par to match some of the wages that are being offered."
Meanwhile, Blades striker Kevan Hurst has joined League One leaders Scunthorpe United on loan.
Hurst recently spent six months on loan with hometown club Chesterfield, and will be familiar with the football played in the division.