CRIMINAL: Adams blast Sheffield United’s defending and accuses players of lacking heart as they slump at relegation rivals

Head bowed: Matthew Lowton at the final whistle last night.
Head bowed: Matthew Lowton at the final whistle last night.
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BOSS Micky Adams blasted relegation-haunted Sheffield United’s “criminal defending” as they swapped next-to-bottom places with Scunthorpe last night.

He could now resurrect his interest in Scunthorpe defender Rob Jones.

The Star understands that a broker apparently representing United, who were beaten 3-2 by Ian Baraclough’s side at Glanford Park, expressed an interest in the towering centre-half during the recent transfer window but their Championship rivals were not prepared to sell.

But Adams, who has also challenged defender Shane Lowry to win a permanent deal when his loan from Aston Villa expires at the end of the season, might be tempted to re-visit the situation should Scunthorpe find themselves in League One next term.

United’s own hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt a huge blow when they threw away a two goal lead before Lowry saw red during the closing stages.

Adams, whose team looked set to enjoy a profitable evening when Ched Evans and Richard Cresswell pounced inside the first 10 minutes, launched a scathing attack on the “criminal defending” which undermined their performance.

“You’ve got to question the heart of the players,” he said. “We lack it a set-pieces both in our box and the opposition’s’ too. I don’t know what they were doing but they certainly don’t want to get hurt. (Neill) Collins gave away an avoidable penalty, Ched Evans, who otherwise had a great game, lost his man for the second and then Nyron (Nosworthy) did for the third. That’s three individual errors.”

Adams added: “I don’t know how big a psychological blow that might be but it’s never good losing to one of your relegation rivals.

“I’m the fourth manager this club has had this season, which tells you something.

“I’ll shoulder my responsibilities because I’m a big boy but I’ve told the players that sooner or later the fans, who have been magnificent, are going to start turning on them.”