AFTER an extraordinary attack on his side following their latest defeat, Sheffield United boss Micky Adams has moved to clarify his accusation of ‘cowardice’.
He decided to explain that it was not used in the physical sense but, in fact, referred to his players’ mentality.
“Without mincing my words,” he initially commented, “I would say that we showed cowardice of the first order.
Later, Adams explained to the club’s official website that his “beef” was not over a lack of physical bravery but for a lack of mental resolve to cope with the demands needed at both ends of the pitch.
“I can understand, to an extent, a lack of confidence because we are bottom of the table but we have to be brave enough to pass forward and try and win the game.
“We passed the ball for the sake of it, backwards and sideways, for fear of making a mistake and getting the crowd on our backs. We looked devoid of confidence and belief.”
The Blades boss refused to throw in the towel after the Cardiff defeat, United’s third on the trot which has left them, eight points adrift of fourth-bottom with just five games to play.
“There are still games left and we have to get as many points as possible, keep fighting,” he said.
Adams takes the Blades to second-bottom Preston on Saturday and will spend time to ponder the possibility of giving an opportunity to other Blades youngsters after sending on 18-year-old central defender Harry Maguire at half-time on Tuesday.
He has to consider if such a vital clash, away from home, is the right time to blood youngsters in a side short on confidence although as United have taken only one points from the last 11 away games he may reckon it can’t get much worse.