Skipper defends under-fire Adams

Richard Cresswell
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STAND-in Sheffield United captain Richard Cresswell insists Micky Adams is the right man to lead the relegation-threatened club to Championship safety.

The odds are stacked against the Blades beating the drop and the bookmakers have priced them at 1/2 on to finish in the bottom three come May.

Adams, who succeeded Gary Speed in December, seemed destined for his first victory as manager of his hometown club when they established a two-goal lead inside the first seven minutes at rivals Scunthorpe United on Tuesday.

But a Joe Garner double and Lee Miller header condemned United to a fifth defeat in seven matches, leaving Adams’ troops in 23rd place.

Cresswell, who was recently handed the armband in Nick Montgomery’s absence, told The Star: “Our form needs to turn around soon.

“The gaffer is trying everything he can to get us out of the trouble we are in. Everything he does on the training ground and in the dressing room is right so we just need a bit of luck to start going our way.

“Micky has instilled a work ethic into the team. He wants everybody to go out there and give it everything. Maybe we have missed that at times this season and that’s why we are in the position we are in.”

Cresswell, who claimed his fifth goal of the campaign at Glanford Park, is currently having to play through the pain barrier. The experienced forward had to have an injection to ease a long-standing knee problem before the clash at Crystal Palace last weekend.

He added: “We have been incredibly unlucky with injuries.

“The big miss has been Chris Morgan. We have missed him a lot at the heart of the defence. To lose him early on didn’t help.

“But we have had four managers in six months so that is not great. Excuses have to go out of the window now, we have to get on with the job in hand. We have got the best man to do that job in Micky.”