SHEFFIELD United will resist the temptation to try and bludgeon their way towards safety, Micky Adams has confirmed.
With Darius Henderson - one of the most uncompromising strikers in Championship competition - eligible for selection following a one-match ban, some observers have predicted the United manager will instruct his players to try and bully opponents into submission.
But Adams, whose side resume their battle for survival at Queens Park Rangers next week, has rejected those claims, arguing instead that the combination of industry and invention which proved so effective against Leeds earlier this month offers their best hope of avoiding relegation.
“We were determined, fit, organised and committed,” he said. “But, coupled with that, I also thought we played some really good stuff.
“We worked exceptionally hard. In fairness to the lads here, that’s something they’ve always done ever since I came in.
“But we showed confidence in possession and worked the ball well too. We moved it around well and used the full extent of the pitch.”
United climbed to 22nd in the table courtesy of their win over Simon Grayson’s side, cutting the gap between themselves and 21st placed Crystal Palace to four points.
But with the Londoners and fellow strugglers Scunthorpe and Preston North End scheduled to play two days before they visit the league leaders on April 4, the psychological pressure on Adams’ squad at Loftus Road could be huge.
Meanwhile, QPR manager Neil Warnock has expressed his frustration at Martin Rowlands’ plight during an unsuccessful spell on loan with Millwall.
The Star understands that Warnock had been prepared to let the midfielder join United before dispatching him to The New Den where first team chances failed to materialise.
“There were others interested in him and I wouldn’t have agreed for him to go there if I’d known he wasn’t going to play,” admitted Warnock.