Sheffield United: Adkins refuses to compromise

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins takes his team to Bradford City on Sunday
Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins takes his team to Bradford City on Sunday

Nigel Adkins has vowed not to compromise his attacking principles as Sheffield United attempt to avert a third consecutive defeat, writes James Shield.

United are preparing for Sunday’s game at Bradford City fifth in the League One table despite losing their last two matches against Bury and Colchester respectively.

Adkins insisted he took “full responsibility” for United’s failure to increase the pressure on early leaders Gillingham but said: “I want us to have two up front and I want us to be on the front foot. That’s an important aspect of what we are looking to do. I want us to be looking to win games of football.”

United entered last weekend’s game against David Flitcroft’s side searching for a fourth clean sheet in five outings but head to West Yorkshire having conceded six goals in only two.

Adkins dismissed suggestions the sudden change in fortunes could be attributed to tactics or formations.

“We were 2-0 down against Colchester in the first half and then got ourselves back to 2-2 in the second. The system was exactly the same but, maybe, the application was better.

“We’ve got to keep better possession of the football because, in that match in particular, our ball retention wasn’t good enough to begin with.

“We were talking as a group of staff before that match saying how bright the lads had looked in the warm-up so it just goes to show you can’t place too much emphasis on that.

“I take full responsibility as manager of the football club and have always done that. We don’t want to lose one game, let along two in a row, because our endeavour is to go out there and win every one.”

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