Henderson on red alert in survival battle

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SHEFFIELD United striker Darius Henderson will be warned not to give “referees an excuse” to send him off when he returns to action against Queens Park Rangers.

Henderson’s recovery from serious injury was over-shadowed earlier this month when he was dismissed less than half-an-hour into his comeback against former club Watford.

With United electing not extend Sam Vokes’ loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, the 6ft 1in marksman appears set for a prominent role in their battle for npower Championship survival.

Adams, whose side travel to Loftus Road on April 4, expressed fears that Henderson’s uncompromising style meant he was a marked man in Hertfordshire.

But he will order the 29-year-old to tread carefully with match officials between now and the end of the season, saying: “I think Darius was unfortunate. Their (Watford’s) coaching staff and players know what he’s about, I suppose. But, when that’s the case, you can’t put yourself in an awkward position. Darius is a big unit.”

Henderson saw red for two bookable offences against Malky Mackay’s side.

Adams, speaking before he was banned for last Saturday’s win over Leeds, added: “Darius can be an important asset for us. I don’t think there’s any doubt that someone like him is always going to be missed.”

United climbed to 22nd in the table after overcoming their Yorkshire rivals but remain four points adrift of safety with eight games remaining.

Vokes could still emerge as an influential figure in United’s bid to avoid relegation after joining Norwich City on loan.

The promotion-chasers entertain Scunthorpe – the team directly below United in the rankings – on April 2 before hosting strugglers Coventry City on the final day of the season.

“Sam is a presence around the box,” Paul Lambert, the Norwich manager, said. “He’s a hard-working player.”