I empathise with booing fans, admits Blades boss

Marc McNulty, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler
Marc McNulty, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins insists he has “full empathy” with the Bramall Lane supporters who jeered during Tuesday night’s defeat at home to Shewsbury.

Sections of the home crowd chanted ‘You’re not fit to wear the shirt’ as United lost 4-2, a defeat Adkins described afterwards as ‘unacceptable’.

And despite admitting that such chants are “not nice” for the players to hear, Adkins added: “I have total empathy for the supporters and, in that respect, they were okay on Tuesday night.

“We’ve been in this division for too many years now, and they want to see winning football. There are a lot of frustrations everywhere, and I need to find the solutions to get this football club back where it belongs.

“We gave poor goals away and when things are going against you, they really go against you.

“I wish I was sometimes out there on the pitch, rather than on the sidelines, and I’m sure the fans do, too.

“We need to find a bit of grit and resilience, to come together and find a way of turning this around when we go to Barnsley on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, Marc McNulty has revealed a determination not to let his career stagnate led to his loan move to Portsmouth.

The United striker, who joined Pompey on loan earlier this month, scored a hat-trick as Paul Cook’s men hammered York 6-0 on Tuesday evening.

On the same evening, his parent club were on the wrong end of defeat at home to Shrewsbury but, until January at least, 23-year-old McNulty is fully focused on matters on the south coast.

“I’m always confident and, in the short time I have been here, I have seen the chances that are created,” the Scot said.

“As a striker, that’s what you love. If you get those sort of chances, you know at some point, you are going to score goals. It’s the right move to come to Pompey.

“It’s easy for a player at a club like Sheffield United to sit on the bench. I’m not like that. I don’t want to let my career pass me by.

“I want to be out playing games and I need to thank the gaffer for bringing me here.

“Fair play to the boys - if they keep on creating chances like that for us, more goals will come. I’m sure of that.”