Sheffield United: ‘We can still do this’ Adkins insists

Nigel Adkins remains in determined mood ahead of tonight's game at Shrewsbury Town 
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Nigel Adkins remains in determined mood ahead of tonight's game at Shrewsbury Town �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved
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Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, believes Danny Willett’s heroics during The Masters at Augusta can inspire his team to complete what would be arguably the greatest League One comeback of recent times.

United enter tonight’s game against Shrewsbury Town ranked ninth in the table and six points behind the play-off positions with only four matches remaining.

Despite acknowledging the critics had already dismissed their hopes of securing promotion this season long before last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Chesterfield, Adkins revealed: “We showed the players a little video montage beforehand of people winning against the odds. There are so many occasions which show what can happen if you keep on going. Look at Danny Willett coming from nowhere recently to get the green jacket. Look at Liverpool coming back to beat Borussia Dortmund the other night.

“That’s the type of character you need in football. It would be easy to give-up the ghost but we won;t allow that to happen.”

Adkins, who admitted United defeat at Greenhous Meadow would spell the end of United’s top six chances, used similar tactics earlier this season when he ordered his squad to watch a film entitled “The Wisdom of Geese” before August’s win over Swindon Town.

“We’ve got work to do,” Adkins said. “It’s up against us but we have a chance. We have to win the remaining four to give ourselves a chance. If we don’t, then we haven’t (got one). If we do get in, then we get in there with momentum and then, who knows what might happen after that?”

Danny Willett defined the odds to win The Masters earlier this month

Danny Willett defined the odds to win The Masters earlier this month

Sheffield United travel to Greenhous Meadow in good form after beating Chesterfield 
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Sheffield United travel to Greenhous Meadow in good form after beating Chesterfield �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game against Borussia Dortmund: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game against Borussia Dortmund: Peter Byrne/PA Wire