Adkins praises Blades’ spirit

Nigel Adkins
Nigel Adkins

Manager Nigel Adkins has praised Sheffield United’s character and determination during their derby-day draw at Barnsley on Saturday.

United, who led for much of the contest at Oakwell thanks to skipper Chris Basham’s early header, were denied all three points when Conor Hourihane cracked home an injury-time stunner to rescue a point for Lee Johnson’s battling Reds.

But Adkins, who had demanded a response after last Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town, said: “We certainly got one. So all credit to the players; they’ve gone out and showed desire to work hard for each other, for the cause, for the fans and for the club.

“We were looking for energy and commitment and hard work. That’s the first requirement for players and was the number one objective for us at Barnsley.

“The fans were great; they made a big noise and go all over to support us. Hopefully, that performance can now be the catalyst for us moving forward.”

“We thought we’d see it out,” Adkins added.

“Neill Collins won a lot of headers but we lost David Edgar to injury, and we’ve got to win the first header and the second ball which led to their goal. We had more than enough chances to win the game; we were so close to doing so and keeping a clean sheet.

“But we have to keep going now.”