MICKY Adams last night refused to take any credit for the improved run of form which has raised Sheffield United’s hopes of avoiding relegation.
The South Yorkshire club head to Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers on Monday having won two of their previous three games. After climbing to 22nd in the table following the recent victory over arch-rivals Leeds, Adams’ squad spoke of their renewed belief that survival can still be achieved.
Despite being forced to wait over two months for his first taste of success at Bramall Lane, the United manager said: “It’s not about me. It’s all about the players.
“Far too much nonsense is spoken about managers coming in and doing this and that. If you believe what you read then managers lose games and players win them.
“Obviously it’s important that they buy into what you are trying to do.
“But, really, it’s all about the lads out there on the pitch. If you’ve got a happy bunch then I think that often reflects in terms of results and performances.”
With Crystal Palace, Scunthorpe and Preston North End all in action this afternoon, United could find themselves seven points adrift of safety by the time they travel to Loftus Road. Adams, who will watch Phil Brown’s side host promotion-chasing Swansea City before boarding the coach south, admitted the fixture scheduling was “not exactly ideal” but denied events in the capital will decide the visitors’ fate.
“The best-case scenario is that the gap is still four,” he said. “The worst is that it’s seven.
“But this is a 46-game season. Not 38 or 39. Nothing is getting sorted out here.”
Describing Rangers as “champions elect”, Adams added: “We can’t go there and only have four or five lads switched on. To get something we need them all to be like they were against Leeds.”