Blades hold clear the air talks in bid to arrest slump in form

Manager Nigel Adkins insists Sheffield United's players are 'ready to go again' after a series of clear-the-air meetings after their latest league defeat on Tuesday.

Friday, 4th March 2016, 1:12 pm
Updated Friday, 4th March 2016, 1:16 pm
Ben Whiteman of Sheffield Utd passes past Tom Naylor of Burton Albion on his Blades debut on Tuesday

United slipped to 12th in League One, four points off the play-offs, after the 1-0 defeat to league leaders Burton Albion on Tuesday.

A toothless display against Nigel Clough’s side drew a hostile reaction from the Bramall Lane crowd and Adkins, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s trip to Fleetwood Town, said: “I was annoyed we didn’t perform and annoyed we didn’t win the game.

“But we’ve reviewed it, I’ve reflected on it and we’ve discussed it. We had a good meeting with the players, individually and collectively, on Thursday. We’ll pick ourselves up and get ready to go again.

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“Sometimes you get frustrated. You get a camera in your face straight away after a game and it’s an emotional game, I’m an emotional person. But sometimes it’s good to lose it a little bit.”

Adkins could once again name Ben Whiteman in his squad to travel to Highbury, after the youngster made his debut against Burton.

“It was a baptism of fire for Ben the other night. But I trust him and have confidence in him that he’s going to be a very good player,” the United boss said.

“We’ve reduced the size of the playing squad and also in a way which provides a pathway for the youngsters.

“It’s good for the academy too. We are demanding of them to produce the right players and we have to provide them with a pathway.”