Vokes gives Sheffield United boss more options for Palace clash

Sam thing else: Sam Vokes gives Micky Adams another option
Sam thing else: Sam Vokes gives Micky Adams another option
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THE striking options are building up for Sheffield United boss Micky Adams but perhaps he may need them as his side look to end a formidable sequence at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

For a side fourth-bottom and in a relegation scrap, it may be somewhat bizarre to find that Crystal Palace haven’t coneded a goal at home in any of their last SEVEN games at Selhurst Park.

Usually, clubs that are struggling will have leaked goals and often quite a few as well but Saturday’s crunch clash will see Palace backed by a recent home record of four wins (three by 1-0 and a 2-0) and three goalless draws.

Adams will hope that whatever striker combination he puts out - or switches to - then they can end that particular run in a game where a defeat would leave United five points behind Palace - but a win take them out of the bottom three and a point above the South Londoners.

The departure of Jamie Ward to Derby on loan to the end of the season means, in effect, he has “swapped” him for Sam Vokes who came in on loan from Wolves on Tuesday, arriving only at three o’clock.

Vokes, still only 21 and a Welsh international like Ched Evans, has battled to pin down a starting place at Wolves and after giving him an hour against Reading on Tuesday - “we wanted to be careful with him,” said Adams - the United boss said the player “would be better” and that he was a lad who could handle himself.

He said he ceded to a request from Richard Cresswell who had asked to play down the middle “because he had hardly done so” whilst giving a nod in the direction of Daniel Bogdanovic.

The Maltese international has shown steely nerve by scoring late penalties to help secure vital points in the last two home gaames.

He has actually started only two games since the end of October but Adams acknowledged that he would be getting his chance.

Ched Evans missed out with illness on Tuesday whilst Marcus Bent was dropped to the bench.

“You need strength in depth and I have tried several combinations up there, they’ve all had a chance,” he added.

Former Blades striker Jordan Robertson has been offered a trial by Dundee United following his release from prison.

The 23-year-old, who was sentenced to 32 months in jail in October 2009 for causing death by dangerous driving, spent a season on loan at Tannadice whilst current Scotland boss Craig Levein was manager.

With Jon Daly sidelined, boss Peter Houston could turn to Robertson to bolster his striking options.

He said: “Jordan wants to try and get his career back on track. He isn’t with a club and we’ll see how he is in training, and if he’s any good then we’ll sit down and talk.”