Micky’s excitement as confidence returns

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SHEFFIELD United’s players will be reminded of their responsibilities ahead of next month’s visit to Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers after Micky Adams, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, vowed their must be no repeat of the chaotic scenes which condemned them to defeat at Watford nearly a fortnight ago.

Adams, who must decide whether to recall Darius Henderson for the trip to Loftus Road, watched in disbelief as the former Reading striker and teammate Lee Williamson were both dismissed en route to a 3-0 reverse.

Having breathed new life into the survival battle by beating Leeds last weekend, Adams said: “I’m excited about seeing a confident Sheffield United side because, inevitably, we’ve been short of that at times.

“But I was excited about the same thing when we went down to Watford and we didn’t give ourselves a chance by getting two lads sent off during the first-half.

“What pleased me against Leeds was the fact that not only did we show the self-belief and commitment that I know these lads have got, but that we also played some really good stuff.

“Don’t get me wrong, we all still know how tough it’s going to be.

“But the boys have shown what they are capable of doing and hopefully we can use that as a platform.”

Adams, whose side had dispatched Nottingham Forest before their Hertfordshire horror show, climbed to 22nd in table after Eric Lichaj’s own goal and a clinical finish from Bjorn Helge Riise dented their rivals’ hopes of securing an automatic promotion spot.

With Crystal Palace, who host Barnsley 48 hours before United face Rangers, being held 2-2 at home by Derby County, United are four points adrift of safety with eight matches remaining.

Henderson, who interested the Londoners during the close season, is available for selection after serving a one-game ban but Williamson will be ineligible until the trip to Preston North End on April 16.

Meanwhile, season-ticket-holders will be granted free entry to next month’s FA Youth Cup semi-final tie with Aston Villa.