Blades: Adams wants experienced players to be role models for kids

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Micky Adams has warned Sheffield United’s senior players to stay focused despite their impending relegation or risk setting a bad example to the club’s youngsters.

Micky Adams has warned Sheffield United’s senior players to stay focused despite their impending relegation or risk setting a bad example to the club’s youngsters.

The United manager handed full debuts to Jordan Slew and Harry Maguire at Preston North End on Saturday with Danny Philliskirk making his first appearance since joining on-loan from Chelsea as a second-half substitute.

With two goals from Keith Treacy and Nathan Ellington’s late effort condemning then to a fourth straight defeat, United remained eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the npower Championship table with only four games left.

Adams said: “The young lads have that youthful enthusiasm about them. They want to impress, run around and show you that they’re good enough.

“I’ve always maintained that., whatever happens and however things are going, it’s a privilege to manage or be at this club.

“Sometimes, senior pros forget that. Sometimes they can get down in the mouth for the most ridiculous of reasons

“But I’ve told my senior lads that they’ve got to be good role models.”

Adams, who insisted he “couldn’t criticise the effort or application” his side produced at Deepdale, also included Matty Harriott and development squad member David McAllister on the bench.

“If the young lads are good enough then ‘yes’ they’ll get an opportunity,” Adams added. “We don’t want to put too much pressure on their shoulders and we won’t.

“But if they develop as we think they might then they could have bright futures ahead of them.”

Preston stay 23rd but are now only four points behind 21st placed Crystal Palace.