Collins backs manager’s stance

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NEILL Collins, Sheffield United’s new centre-half, has echoed manager Micky Adams’ call for everyone associated with the Championship club to accept “collective responsibility” for its plight towards the bottom of the table.

United slipped further into the relegation zone - they are now four points adrift of safety - following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Ipswich Town.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s meeting with Millwall, Collins insisted he has no regrets about turning his back on promotion-chasing Leeds in favour of a move to Bramall Lane.

But he admitted: “I know when you are in that position in the league it is for a reason. It’s not just one performance, it’s over the entire season but we know in this division that things can swing quickly.

“It’s not good enough but we shouldn’t lose our heads completely. Everyone needs to look after their own performance and then come together and work together.

“We need to get organised and we need character. First off I will be looking to play as well as I can because performances are the most important thing.”

Adams is still searching for his first win since being appointed as Gary Speed’s permanent successor in December.

Reflecting upon events at Portman Road, Collins added: “At 1-0 we looked to be coming back but got caught with a sucker punch because we started throwing men forward and let in another.

“At 2-0 we should be looking to just stay in the game but the third goal was from us trying to get a goal from a corner kick.

“It was cleared and we were all over the place.”

Speaking before Saturday’s contest, Collins told United supporters that he is a much-improved player to the one who spent a brief spell on loan in South Yorkshire five years ago.

“I’ve changed a lot since then,” he said.

“I’ve got good experience in this division now.”