KIND words from his opposite number eased some of Micky Adams’ pain but the Sheffield United manager craves points not platitudes.
Sven Goran Eriksson, speaking after Leicester City became the eighth visiting team to triumph at Bramall Lane this season, insisted the South Yorkshire club have appointed the right man to save them from the drop.
Tomorrow, when United look to claw themselves out of the Championship relegation zone by beating Ipswich Town, Adams hopes they will deliver a display which proves the Swede is not only a talented coach but also a shrewd judge of character.
“Micky is a nice man but, more importantly for them, he is an excellent manager,” Eriksson said. “Of course I know him and I think he will do well.
“Sheffield United, in my opinion, have a very good chance. From what I have seen I think they will stay up. Nothing can ever be certain but they have the right attitude and they fight very hard so, yes, I think they will be okay.”
There are lies, damn lies and football scorelines. Tuesday’s certainly failed to reflect the true course of a one-sided contest.
City climbed to 10th in the table courtesy of Andy King’s classy fourth-minute finish but spent the majority of the evening fighting a rearguard action which Eriksson’s expensively assembled collection of stars survived largely thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Chris Weale.
“We rode our luck at times,” admitted Eriksson. “Because we had to dig in, were forced to concentrate on getting second balls and that is not usually our cup of tea.
“I thought Chris and our centre-halves were excellent. They had to be because that was probably our toughest game of the season.”
However, having seen United drop into the bottom three, Adams will travel to Suffolk this evening acutely aware that wins rather than kind words are required.
“It’s how we respond now,” Adams, who has drawn two and lost four since replacing Gary Speed, admitted.
“If we show any less effort or application then we will get beaten. We can’t afford to do that.
“But I can’t fault them for what they’re putting into games. In a way I wish I could but I really can’t.
“It’s important that we keep this attitude going and carry it on, that we give absolutely everything.”