Blades boss could wield axe after Shrewsbury defeat

Dean Hammond of Sheffield United is dejected after his side's defeat to Shrewsbury
Dean Hammond of Sheffield United is dejected after his side's defeat to Shrewsbury

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins warned there will be “consequences” for his team after branding last night’s 4-2 defeat by Shrewsbury Town as “unacceptable.”

And the former Southampton and Scunthorpe chief hinted he could wield the axe during January’s transfer window unless there is a marked improvement in results.

Adkins, whose side slipped to 12th in the table ahead of Saturday’s visit to Oakwell, told The Star: “On the back of that, there will be consequences that come about. There will be consequences for everybody at a football club when you get beaten like that at home.

“I’ll reflect on what happened out there and the situations that arose. It’s important that I do that and I will find the solutions to keep moving forward. Tonight was unacceptable.”

United, who trail sixth-placed Bradford City by five points, visit neighbours Barnsley this weekend and Adkins added: “You find out about things at time like this. If you want to be at this club then you have to respond. You have to perform in the arena. That’s where you are measured and if you want to be here, at this club, then that’s what you’ve got to do.”

United took a first-half lead through Conor Sammon but Sullay Kaikai, Ian Black, Scott Vernon and James Collins all scored for Shrewsbury before Dean Hammond’s consolation goal.

Adkins, who made three substitutions during the interval, said: “You can’t hide away from the fact that you can’t concede four times if you want to challenge, you can’t do that at home.

“I’ve put two centre-halves on at half-time and we’ve gone from back to front. I want us to play from the back but we changed tactics because we needed the next goal.”

Meanwhile, United reached the third round of the FA Youth Cup after beating Chesterfield 3-0 last night.