After a brilliant campaign in 2019/20 during their return to the Premier League, Sheffield United have found things a lot more difficult this season. 17 games in, they have yet to win in the league.
They did end their winless streak at the weekend. A 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers may not be the most impressive result, but it does give them a platform to build on in the coming weeks.
Of course, Ireland supporters have been keeping a close eye on the club due to the presence of John Egan, Enda Stevens, and David McGoldrick in the squad. It would certainly be a shame to see that trio relegated at the end of the season, but they're certainly not giving up the fight just yet.
Speaking ahead to Yorkshire Live, John Egan said the squad want to build on the FA Cup result.
Everyone knows the situation we are in in the league.
It hasn't been easy. It was always going to be a tough game at Bristol, but we were delighted to come home with the win.
It means a lot to get that win. The lads here care a lot, we went a long time without a win and any type of win is what we wanted.
We got the win in the end and now we have to build on that.
Usually when a team experiences the type of results that Sheffield United have, there is often a sense of unrest within the camp.
That doesn't seem to be the case for this team, with very little noise of squabbles in the dressing room or pressure on the manager.
However, Egan said that everyone in the squad is still pulling in the same direction in order to try and help the club pull off the great escape.
We are 17 games in now. We can't blame anyone but ourselves.
It's been a tough season, there's no getting away from that, but we are not halfway through yet.
We have had some tight games against the top teams and we know it's all about the fine margins and being ruthless in both boxes. The players, management, the staff, we are all pulling in the same direction.
Football is full of ups and downs and you have to deal with it. It's been a fantastic two and half years for me with promotion, ninth in the Premier League.
This season has not been great but you can do one of two things - give up and throw the towel in or keep fighting and we want to keep fighting.
We are looking to the next game all the time, no matter what spell you are going through. That has to be the attitude.
Ireland supporters will certainly be hoping that Egan and Stevens can hit a good run of form in the coming weeks, with the World Cup qualifiers set to get underway in March.