IF SHEFFIELD United fall out of the Championship, a shortage of goals will be at the root of the club’s failure to beat the drop.
United boast the bluntest attack in the division, having notched a meagre 32 goals in 36 league matches.
The relegation-threatened club have lost 14 of the 15 games in which they have failed to find the net. It makes grim reading for United supporters, with the club in danger of slipping into the third tier for the first time in 22 years.
Ched Evans, a £3m acquisition from Manchester City in July 2009, has plundered nine goals in 24 starts this season while Daniel Bogdanovic, Mark Yeates and Richard Cresswell have all struck five times apiece.
An inability to get their noses in front has repeatedly cost the Blades, especially on home soil, where they have suffered nine defeats.
Manager Micky Adams called for better movement off the ball and service into the penalty area before the midweek showdown with promotion contenders Nottingham Forest.
“It is an ongoing thing in training to improve that area of play,” he said.
It turned out to be 14th time lucky for Adams, as the lifelong United supporter finally celebrated his first win in charge thanks to second-half goals from Sam Vokes and Matt Lowton, which cancelled out Dele Adebola’s opener.
When the referee blew the final whistle, Adams clenched his fist and saluted the fans for keeping the faith throughout an atrocious January and February where United collected just four points.
‘I’m just pleased for everyone, the players and supporters,” he said. ‘My main emotion was relief I suppose. I’ve tried to remain level-headed when we’ve lost and I’m trying to be the same now we’ve won. Now we’ve got to use this as a springboard for the last 10 games.”