Early days - but Adkins excited by partnership

Billy Sharp and Conor Sammon
Billy Sharp and Conor Sammon

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins admits he is excited by the emerging partnership between his ‘SAS’ strikers, Conor Sammon and Billy Sharp.

The pair were instrumental in Tuesday night’s 3-1 win at Peterborough United, with Sammon scoring twice and Sharp giving Posh’s defenders a headache all evening before being replaced with 15 minutes to go.

Jose Baxter applied the finishing touches to the victory with a fine finish with five minutes remaining, and Adkins said: “The link up play between Conor and Billy was great; they looked dangerous throughout.

“We wanted to attack and the game was open - a little too open at times - but although they’ve only played twice together now, they’re always looking for each other and both are strong, powerful runners.

“Billy could have scored a couple - they got in a few good blocks to deny him - and Conor scored two good goals. Billy is strong, fit and has a good character; it’s a shame he didn’t score, but it’s about the team and we have goals throughout it.

“Jose, too, has done well; he can pass the ball well and when we pushed him forward a little, he’s gone and scored a top goal, too, so he can finish as well.

“From here, the players are only going to get fitter and stronger, the decision-making progress will get sharper and we’ll move the ball quicker, which is what I want to do.

“It’s an exciting season ahead for us.”

Next up for Adkins’ United is a home fixture against Blackpool on Saturday.

“That’s another tough game, and we will prepare properly for that,” the Blades boss insisted.

“This is a tough division and we have the utmost respect for every single team in it. But at the same time, we want to always try and be positive. The fans at Peterborough were super, and that was great to hear; they are a big part of what we are trying to achieve.

“We all share one common goal and that’s the try and achieve something with Sheffield United Football Club; we all want the same thing and we’re working very hard to try and achieve that.

“Like I say, we are still a work in progress and there’s more to come. It’s very early days and we have to stay strong, together and focused.

“But the attitude among the lads has been excellent. They are listening to what we want them to do and they are buying into it which is great to see.”