SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams wants to foster a siege mentality at Bramall Lane as the South Yorkshire club continue their battle for Championship survival.
Despite admitting “it will still be difficult to avoid relegation” even following last Saturday’s victory over Leeds, Adams remains convinced his players possess the qualities required to drag themselves out of the bottom three.
And he aims to inspire what midfielder Nick Montgomery recently acknowledged would be one of the greatest escapes in the history of the competition by exposing them to the full force of the criticism which has come their way in recent weeks.
Adams, whose side are four points adrift of safety, said: “We got together in the dressing room beforehand (against Leeds) and told the lads that everyone has written you off but football is never like that. It’s never that simple.
“We told them to go out there - not only in this match but the ones we’ve still got coming up – and prove everybody wrong, all of the doubters and the cynics.
“We spoke about how if we show passion and commitment then, whatever else, the fans are going to get behind them. And they did that.
“I thought we showed a real togetherness and a spirit out there.
“We want to try and carry that on.”
Jonathan Howson, the Leeds captain, conceded after their 2-0 defeat that United had been worthy winners.
“They looked more up for it,” he said. “They were first to everything and that was really disappointing from our point of view.“We knew they’d tear in.”