MICKY Adams is adamant the contribution of Sheffield United’s senior players during the club’s recent revival must not be over-looked despite the emergence of an exciting crop of young talent which appears destined to form the nucleus of his first-team over the coming seasons.
Adams, the United manager, was speaking after goals from Darius Henderson (2) and Lee Williamson kept Bramall Lane’s slim hopes of npower Championship survival alive at Reading on Monday.
Adams has made no attempt to disguise his admiration for the likes of Jordan Slew, Harry Maguire and other members of the academy side which has reached next month’s FA Youth Cup final. David McAllister – a 22-year-old recently signed from St Patrick’s Athletic – and Erik Tonne - the promising Norwegian striker – have also featured in recent weeks.
“When we win, it is down to everyone who features,” said Adams. “We’ve got some excellent looking kids coming through and that’s great to see. Hopefully, if they carry on in the same vein, then they’ll have bright futures with us.
“But I think the more experienced lads have been terrific with them too. Everyone knows what it’s like to come through and they’ve looked after them well.”
McAllister, who marked his full debut with a goal against Bristol City last weekend, missed Easter Monday’s 3-2 win at the Madejski Stadium with a calf problem. Maguire, sent-off against Keith Millen’s side, was suspended.
Adams also praised United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen for his display against Reading after he was goaded by sections of the home crowd 48 hours earlier.
“Steve made some good saves,” said Adams. “And that is because he is a good keeper.”