Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, has allayed fears that Matt Done suffered an injury during Saturday’s game against Millwall by explaining he was withdrawn for tactical reasons.
Done has scored three goals in six outings since recovering from a broken collarbone sustained during pre-season but lasted only 45 minutes of a defeat which saw United slip to sixth in the League One table.
Adkins, who saw replacement Jose Baxter cancel out Aiden O’Brien’s opener before the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international pounced again during the closing stages, said: “It just wasn’t happening for Matty. It allowed for the full-backs to provide the width, and Jose playing behind.
“It presented them with more problems, and you have to be flexible to go and change things. And it was working. We were in the ascendancy.
“We hit the post in the first half. At half-time, we changed things round technically. We were in the ascendancy, scored a good goal, the full-backs gave us that bit of width.
“Conor Sammon came on, gave us some physical presence, then Jose Baxter scores a great goal and for me there’s only one winner.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.”
Adkins, who expressed concerns about referee Andy Haines’ performance, acknowledged United must still fine-tune certain aspects of their game, most notably defending counter-attacks, or risk dropping more points in the race for the Championship.
But, with Ryan Flynn returning to action following a four-match absence, he dismissed claims his sixth-placed side are not equipped to mount a serious challenge.
“It was good to see Ryan back out there and get a decent run,” he said.