MICKY Adams last night issued a passionate call to arms after winning his first match as Sheffield United manager.
Strikes from Sam Vokes and Matthew Lowton propelled the South Yorkshire club to a long-awaited victory after Dele Adebola had fired Nottingham Forest into a first-half lead.
United remain in the relegation zone but Adams, whose side return to action at Watford this weekend, said: “That’s a massive mental hurdle for the lads to get over.
“Now we’ve got to use that as a springboard for our remaining games.
“We’re not dead men. It’s not over. We’ll keep on fighting until the bitter end.”
Daniel Bogdanovic saw a penalty saved before Vokes and Lowton spared his blushes.
“For some reason that seemed to galvanise us,” Adams, who was appointed in December, added. “I’m just pleased for the boys.
“They never cheat anyone. I don’t care what anyone says. Come what may, they’ve always given maximum effort.
“Hopefully this will do wonders for their confidence and their self-belief but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Adams has admitted that he is unlikely to enter the loan market before Saturday’s visit to Vicarage Road.
With Steve Simonsen’s deputy Richard Wright suffering a setback in his battle against injury, United were once again forced to name teenage goalkeeper George Long on the bench for their meeting with opponents who drop to sixth.
A niggling hamstring complaint has hampered Vokes’ progress since arriving on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, so a striker is also understood to feature on Adams’ wanted list.
“We’re always looking to improve what we’ve got,” he said. “But if you ask me whether there are any ‘irons in the fire’ at the moment then the answer is ‘no’, nothing is imminent.
“It’s not an easy market when you are in the position we are in.
“Some people take a look at where we are and don’t want to get involved with a battle.”
United travel to Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup tonight.
John Pemberton’s youngsters will arrive on at the Walkers Stadium having stretched their unbeaten run in the league to four games after beating Huddersfield Town at the weekend.
United, competition, will face least season’s finalists, Aston Villa, if they progress.