Sheffield United: Acting fast avoids winter woe, says Blades boss Nigel Adkins

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Nigel Adkins believes Sheffield United’s decision to reschedule their home fixture with Colchester for tomorrow evening will be vindicated during the closing stages of the season.

United had been scheduled to face the visitors from Essex nine days ago but, after 48 hours of deliberation and top-level talks, elected to postpone the match due to international call-ups.

Despite seeing four key performers, including David Edgar and Louis Reed, selected to represent their respective countries, Manager Adkins initially considered playing the game as planned but said: “In the end, I think we’ve done the right thing on both counts. Yes, we’d have rather gone ahead on time but fortunately we’ve been able to get it rearranged as quickly as possible.

“It suits everyone involved, I think, to do it this way. When it’s winter, and the weather conditions aren’t so good, there’s a good chance we are going to see some (games) called off.

“Then, you are always looking to try and squeeze them in to what is already a very busy programme.

“By doing it this way, hopefully we avoid some of those problems if, indeed, they arise.”

Adkins, who guided both Scunthorpe and Southampton to promotion from League One earlier in his career, could recall Jose Baxter for the contest after the midfielder completed a three-match suspension following his dismissal against Fulham last month.

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“We’ve been in situations before where we were playing catch-up and it’s not ideal,” Adkins continued. “But things happen and you just get on with it. However, if you can reduce the chances of problems arising in the first place with a bit of planning then, surely, it’s better to do that?”

Meanwhile, United have invited Yorkshire’s cricketers to a forthcoming fixture after they were crowned county champions for the second year in a row.

Mal Brannigan, United’s managing director, said: “Our congratulations go to the squad, coaches and management. It’s reward for the hard work that has been put in by Martyn Moxon, Jason Gillespie and Mark Arthur.”