Sheffield United: Adkins’ promotion blueprint

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Nigel Adkins has outlined his promotion masterplan as Sheffield United look to finally escape League One this season.

The United manager, whose side are currently sixth in the standings, is seeking his fourth promotion from League One after leading Scunthorpe (twice) and Southampton into the Championship.

And, speaking after Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Rochdale at Bramall Lane, Adkins was full of praise for the character of his side - who twice bounced back to take the lead after Keith Hill’s visitors had equalised.

“Matty Done epitomised it on Saturday,” Adkins said.

“It’s about having a positive mental attitude and he has that in abundance.

“He’s positive in his outlet and we need that. It’s easy to sit in the stands or in the dug-out, on the periphery, but these lads have got to go out there, roll their sleeves up and do the business.

“They had to dig deep but they got the win, which is what it’s all about.

“We’re looking now to stay in the promotion race until January, and then look to go and win it from there.”

Defender Terry Kennedy, meanwhile, has allayed fears he is set for another prolonged period on the sidelines after taking a knock on his knee in U21 action on Tuesday.

Kennedy was taken off at half-time in United’s 4-3 Premier League Cup victory at Bolton, and later posted a picture of his swollen knee on Twitter, captioning it: “Nice little egg on the left knee.”

But the youngster added: “Nothing serious, just impact of the bang.”

The 21-year-old, a member of the United youth team which reached the FA Youth Cup final in 2011, is highly rated by United’s coaching staff. He has made two first-team appearances this season, and 23 in his short career to date.