Adkins happy with progress of Blades despite Crewe loss

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins
Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins
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Manager Nigel Adkins believes his Sheffield United side are “on the right track” after completing the first third of their League One campaign.

United, who face Worcester City at Bramall Lane this afternoon in the FA Cup first round, trail second-placed Burton Albion by eight points after last weekend’s defeat at Crewe Alexandra left them eighth in the divisional standings.

But Adkins, who admitted he places a huge amount of expectation on his own shoulders, said: “The response has been excellent this week after the Crewe defeat.

“The lads have trained well. Yes, we’re measured on what we do on game day but the players’ attitude has been exemplary. Their application, attitude and behaviour has been spot on.

“We’re relentless about our approach, we have the resilience to keep going.

“Yes, results haven’t gone our way recently. But I believe we’re on the right track.”

Adkins, who guided both Scunthorpe and Southampton out of this division, took charge of United in June after his predecessor, Nigel Clough, left Bramall Lane.

“I’ve learnt a lot about this football club,” the 50-year-old said.

“There’s a big expectation here, a lot of it from myself. When you get knocked down, you have to get up and go again. That’s what I’m about.

“We’re learning all the time, too, about the people around us. Who wants to be here, and go on the journey with us? Again, that takes resilience.

“We’re a demanding group of people, which is a good thing. But we have to balance that with being supportive, too.”