Sheffield United round-up: Blades key areas and Adkins hails PMA

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Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins has been number crunching

The manager believes set-pieces are key and says: "We work hard on set-plays in training and we know that Rochdale set up with a zonal marking system, so we identified that before the game as an area we could maybe exploit. And it worked (against Rochdale); it was a routine straight off the training ground. A good corner, three players attacking it and a textbook header by Neill to win us the game."

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As well as the tactics, Adkins says a positive mental attitude can help drive his team to promotion this season.

He said: "It’s about having a positive mental attitude and (Matt Done) has that in abundance. He’s positive in his outlet and we need that. It’s easy to sit in the stands or in the dug-out, on the periphery, but these lads have got to go out there, roll their sleeves up and do the business."

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Adkins has hailed Che Adams, following the youngster's two-goal haul against Rochdale.

He said: "We’ve got massive hopes for Che and he’s shown he can be a massive player. But we’re trying to nurture all of the younger players and I thought Kieran [Wallace] and Harrison McGahey were superb when they came on."

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