Nigel Adkins admitted he apologised to Jose Baxter after inadvertently denying the Sheffield United midfielder his hat-trick during last night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Notts County.
Baxter, who scored twice from the spot as United romped to a 5-1 victory over Ricardo Moniz’s side, was withdrawn minutes before the hosts were awarded a third penalty kick which Che Adams converted.
Adkins said: “We had a giggle about it in the dug-out. I think Jose is still talking to me. If he’d still been out there on the pitch then we might not even have got the penalty. Who knows?
“Jose took them really well. I asked him after he’d scored the first if he’d take another one and he gave an emphatic ‘yes’ which shows the confidence he’s got from those situations.”
Stefan Scougall and Matt Done were also on target as United, who return to League One action when Rochdale visit Bramall Lane on Saturday, reached the third round. Done, claiming his second in as many games since recovering from a broken collarbone, went down injured during the opening exchanges but Adkins added: “Matty played really well. It was nothing to do with his collarbone. We’re not surprised by how well he’d doing because we’ve come up against him, at other clubs, before. He runs around and we know all about his capabilities. That was another real positive for us out there.”
Adkins, meanwhile, confirmed John Brayford will be assessed by United’s medical staff after reporting discomfort in his knee during yesterday’s under-21 fixture with Sunderland. The defender, who damaged ligaments during last season’s play-off semi-finals, had been scheduled to complete 45 minutes but lasted 33.