SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams has fired the first shot in the psychological war surrounding next week’s visit to Championship leaders QPR.
Preparations for the trip to Loftus Road begin today as United, who are four points adrift of safety towards the bottom of the table, look to become only the second team to beat Neil Warnock’s side on home soil in league competition this term.
United enhanced their survival hopes with a victory over high-flying Leeds earlier this month having previously dented Nottingham Forest’s promotion hopes at Bramall Lane. Those results, coupled with striker Darius Henderson’s return from suspension, have led to renewed optimism that Adams can steer his team out of the bottom three.
“I don’t think we have to fear anyone,” said Adams. “Getting the better of two clubs in the hunt when it comes to the play-offs shows what we can do. We weren’t lucky (against Leeds and Forest) either. Both those victories reflected what happened and that, hopefully, will fill the lads with confidence. We know the challenge that’s ahead. But the boys also know now what they can achieve. It’s not going to be easy between now and the end of the season. But equally, these games have shown that it’s not over, not by a long chalk.”
Ched Evans (Wales), Daniel Bogdanovic (Malta) and Bjorn Helge Riise (Norway) are set to be assessed by Shirecliffe’s medical staff after returning to England following international duty. “The only shame about what happened against Leeds was that we didn’t have another game straight away,” added Adams. “In that sense we good have done without the break but it’s much better to go through it on the back of something positive rather than a defeat.”