MICKY Adams last night urged Sheffield United supporters to back his team during today’s crucial Championship fixture with Derby County.
Losing to Nigel Clough’s side could leave United, who are 23rd in the table, eight points adrift of safety with just 12 games of the season remaining.
Despite insisting the travelling fans had “understandably” rounded on his team following Tuesday’s loss at Scunthorpe, the United manager said: “Our supporters are vital, absolutely vital.
“Are they disappointed? Yes. And they’ve got every right to be.
“But there’s no-one on a white charger about to come riding over the hill. This is what we’ve got and these are our players.
“I don’t see the point in anyone getting on their backs. I don’t see what purpose it would serve, especially in the position we are in.
“But I’m sure the Blades fans are going to get behind the boys.”
Adams, whose side are five points adrift of safety, was scathing in his criticism of United’s performance at Scunthorpe in midweek after watching them throw away a two goal lead en route to a 3-2 defeat.
But he added: “Yes, of course I think the players care about this football club.
“If I’ve criticised them as a group then I know what I’d be doing if I was in their shoes. I’d be saying ‘I’ll show you. I’ll go out there and prove you wrong.’”
Derby arrive in South Yorkshire five points above the relegation zone having won just once since January.