Sheffield United boss looks for win after ‘lucky point’

File photo dated 16/10/2010 of Micky Adams. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Sheffield United are poised to confirm the appointment of Micky Adams as their new manager. See PA story SOCCER Sheff Utd. Issue date: Thursday December 30, 2010. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
File photo dated 16/10/2010 of Micky Adams. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Sheffield United are poised to confirm the appointment of Micky Adams as their new manager. See PA story SOCCER Sheff Utd. Issue date: Thursday December 30, 2010. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
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AS he awaits that much-needed first win in charge, Micky Adams hopes Sheffield United’s luck might just be turning - in time for their crunch clash against relegation rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Blades boss, who now has gone 11 matches without a win, admitted it was “a lucky point” against Reading on Tuesday.

But on such things can a team’s fortunes turn and Adams will be desperately hoping so as they face up to those two crucial games over four days, the Palace game followed by a trip to second-bottom Scunthorpe next Tuesday.

“We got a lucky point, Reading were the better team. At times, we couldn’t cope with their shape and we had to change ours to combat it but we’ve played a lot better than that and lost so maybe our luck is turning after all.

“It’s something to build on. We were disappointed on Saturday not to get the three points but we were happy to get one on Tuesday and so it’s a platform.”

Shane Lowry, dead leg, and Ched Evans illness, were missing to join other absentee players and Adams bemoaned his side’s injury record.

“Again, injuries and illness have messed our preparations up and it’s the one thing about this place that is driving me mad,” said Adams.

“We can’t prepare properly at all for anything. There’s either an illness or an injury and we really need a settled unit.

He said that striker Sam Vokes, on loan from Wolves, only arrived at three o’clock and Adams said they decided to play him for an hour.

Meanwhile, Palace have signed midfielder Kagisho Dikgaco on loan from Fulham, therefore a clubmate of United’s own loan midfielder Bjorn Helge Riise.

A South African international who played in World Cup 2010, he is expected to start against the Blades.