BLADES’ DEFEATS ARE HARD FOR FORTE
JONATHAN Forte reckons he has matured since his last spell with Sheffield United, but the on-loan striker admits it still hurts more than ever when they lose.
The Sheffield-born 26year-old returned to Bramall Lane – where it all started for him 10 years ago – on loan from Southampton in January.
And while he insists his game has developed, he is still just as much of a Blades fan as ever.
“Because of where I am now I couldn’t be more determined to succeed,” he said. “When things go well it just feels absolutely brilliant but of course, because this is my club, when something bad happens it hurts even worse.
“I’ve grown-up a lot since I was last here. I’m a different person now. Before, when something didn’t go well, I’d beat myself up about it for weeks. Now, I’ll do that for a day or two and then put it behind me.
“That’s what you’ve got to do. There’s nothing to be gained from moping around.
“You’ve got to look forward rather than back. I’m still my own worst critic but only positively.
“I’ve got a lot more experience than I used to and that really helps. I’ve learned a lot along the way.”
TOUGH: Jonathan Forte