Blades calling on fan power in survival battle

Wait over: Micky Adams celebrates after his first win as United manager.

Wait over: Micky Adams celebrates after his first win as United manager.

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ANOTHER setback would have seen their approval rating plummet lower than Nick Clegg’s, but as the deputy Prime Minister and his fellow Liberal Democrats descend upon the Steel City struggling to rehabilitate themselves with the electorate, Sheffield United are enjoying a spike in the polls.

Micky Adams’ side won their first match since the 49-year-old’s appointment in December when they beat Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.

Speaking ahead of today’s visit to Watford, midfielder Nick Montgomery revealed supporters had played a crucial role in that success.

“If any fans are reading this, then, on behalf of all the lads, we really

need them,” he said. “In fact, we need them now more than ever.

“Attacking The Kop really helped during that second half. I know people think it’s a cliché but it’s true.

“We’ve got five more matches left at our place and that’s a lot of points to pick up. The more they’re behind us the better it is.”

United appeared to be heading for a fourth straight defeat when Dele Adebola edged Forest in front on the stroke of half-time. But, having seen Daniel Bogdanovic miss a penalty, goals from Sam Vokes and Matthew Lowton ended their 15-match run without a win.

Montgomery, who defied medical advice to take part, insisted that beating opponents chasing automatic promotion can act as a “springboard” towards survival.

United travelled to Vicarage Road six points adrift of safety in the Championship table.

“It was a massive relief,” he said. “We conceded a sloppy goal and you could hear the crowd’s frustrations but I think we proved to them after the break that the character and belief is still there with the team.

“Nothing is certain yet either way but what we have shown is that people who were just writing us off - those who were saying that we’re definitely down - are wrong.

“We came back against all the odds, came back from a goal down and even a missed penalty from Boggy who usually slots them away. The fact that we did all of that against a damn good team should help even more. Forest are chasing promotion and they’ve spent massively. They’ve spent an awful lot more than us, that’s for certain.

“Hopefully we can now use that as a springboard going forward.”

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