Team talks powering Sheffield United’s survival fight

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Michael Doyle believes ‘player power’ can propel Sheffield United towards Championship survival after shedding further light on the no-holds-barred discussions taking place behind the scenes.

The get-togethers, which are fully endorsed by manager Micky Adams, have been called in response to a dreadful run of form which has left the club 23rd in the table.

United host Nottingham Forest this evening searching for their first win since December and Doyle said: “We’ve been having meetings where we’ve talked about the situation. We’ve been talking everything through.

“It’s been important because everyone there has been able to have their say and give an opinion. We’re all sticking together and that’s good to see because it can only make us stronger.”

Adams, who signed the midfielder from Coventry City soon after taking charge last year, revealed yesterday that he has been approached “by all manner of people” offering quick-fix solutions to United’s plight.

But despite admitting that the South Yorkshire club have hired a “team ethics” expert, Adams dismissed claims that his squad lack the psychological strength to climb out of the relegation zone.

“If anyone is fighting that type of battle with themselves then they probably shouldn’t be here,” he said. “It takes a certain type of person to handle the pressures of a club like this and, in any case, I don’t think it’s a mind thing.”

Doyle said: “The first result is going to be the hardest for us. But I’m confident that once we get that initial win then we’ll be able to go on a run.

“It’s probably not going to be a resounding three or four nil scoreline. More than likely it’ll be a case of getting our noses in front that then really digging in to grind the result out.

“But I’m still confident that we’ve got enough here to do it, that we can still stay up.”