Lane chief urging players to hurt and heal

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SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams last night insisted that dropping into the Championship’s bottom three could prove a blessing in disguise for the relegation0threatened club.

United face Ipswich Town today 22nd in the table and searching for their first win since December.

But Adams, who has left his players under no illusion about the size of the challenge ahead, said: “I actually think it might work for us. It’s got to hurt. Are the boys the third worst team in this division? Am I the third worst manager in the division?

“We’ve got to go out there now and show that’s not the case.

“There’s enough pride and determination in that dressing room to get us out of trouble. People have got enough passion and pride in the shirt.

“They want to drive themselves on.

“They’ve got the likes of Morgs (Chris Morgan) driving them on too, even though he’s out with an injury at the moment. It’s good to see.”

Adams added: “Now we’ve got to show that we’re better than being down there.”

Despite failing to win any of their first six games under his stewardship, United’s performances have nevertheless improved since Adams replaced Gary Speed.

However, they travelled to Portman Road with doubts about the availability of Nick Montgomery (calf), Ched Evans (illness) and Daniel Bogdanovic (thigh). Former Leeds centre-half Neill Collins should make his first appearance since agreeing a two-and-a-half-year contract at Bramall Lane. Joe Mattock misses out after being diagnosed with knee and ankle problems.

Adams added: “There have been people at this club who haven’t realised how serious our situation has been from day one. I’ve looked at where we’ve been in the table and we’ve been down in the bottom half all season.

“Well, we’ve got to the business end now and we’ve got to do something about it. I don’t think anyone can be under any false impressions about what’s happening now.”

Former United director Mike Farnan has been appointed to the advisory board of FC New York.