Adkins accepts pressure at Blades

Nigel Adkins
Nigel Adkins

Manager Nigel Adkins insists he has no problems with the weight of expectation surrounding Sheffield United this season.

United, currently in their fifth season in English football’s third tier, were booed off by sections of their frustrated travelling support on Saturday after losing 1-0 to Crewe, the division’s bottom team.

As a result, they slipped to eighth in the table - three points behind sixth-placed Millwall, and eight behind Burton Albion in second.

But Adkins, who wants his side to bounce back to form this weekend when they entertain Worcester City in the first round of the FA Cup at Bramall Lane, said: “I’ve said it before many times and it may be monotonous, but it’s true. There are no easy games in this division.

“But at the same time, the expectation is on us to go out there and win every game and we haven’t done that at Crewe. We’re a big football club, with a great following home and away, so there’s nothing wrong with that expectation.

“But at the same time, there’s always going to be an opposition trying to stop us, too. We’ve come away from home looking to get the three points but give credit to Crewe, they’ve gone and got the victory so we’ve got to go again.

“You can’t deny the lads began well and on another day we would have won but the fact is we didn’t. End of.”