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Supporters playing their part along with Mark Robins

By Steve Carpenter Wednesday 06 February 2013 Updated: 06/02 15:45

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MARK Robins deserves all the plaudits for turning the club's fortune around since taking over, but the club's supporters also deserve some credit for their fantastic vocal backing which was there once again for all to see at Bramall Lane, writes Steve Carpenter.

I've been a Sky Blues fan for as long as I can remember and I count myself extremely lucky to have been taken to Highfield Road and plenty of world-renowned stadiums during the Premier League era.

But since we got relegated back in 2001, I've struggled to re-capture that similar buzz at home games and on my travels. Although there have been a few glimpses.

The final match at Highfield Road was memorable, the first season at the Ricoh Arena was special, but it has taken until now to really sense a collective positive vibe amongst supporters. We may even be starting to enjoy ourselves again.

For once we can sniff some sort of success and perhaps those dark days are behind us. It may be the third tier of English football but somehow after an early season wobble the play-offs are in sight and even a return to Wembley is on the cards should we beat Crewe in the Johnstone Paint Area Final.

There were over 1,400 supporters at Bramall Lane on Friday night and all throughout the pre-match build up and half-time chat, there was positivity in the air.

Even when Sheffield United pulled a goal back with 17 minutes remaining the Sky Blue faithful burst into song and visibly lifted their side.

The term 12th man is used far too loosely in recent times, but City supporters deserve to be presented with that label.

And off the back or a record breaking attendance at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday night, let's hope a new wave of supporters come back and back the boys against Yeovil this Saturday.

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