Nigel Adkins believes Sheffield United will become a stronger team if they learn the lessons of their shock defeat at Crewe Alexandra.
But Adkins, whose side trail League One leaders Walsall by eight points after being beaten by the division’s bottom club, warned there could be more pain to come unless folk heed his message about what it takes to win automatic promotion.
“If you think you are just going to turn up and stroll a game, well, you ain’t,” the United manager said. “It just highlights what I’ve been on about from day one, from the first day I took charge, about there being no easy games at this level.
“I can speak from experience. I know what it takes because I’ve done it and had success before. So, when I say it, I’m saying it for a reason. Not just because it sounds good.”
Adkins, who arrived at Bramall Lane during the close season hoping to add a fourth promotion to his managerial CV, vowed to confront the issues behind a sequence of results which sees United enter this weekend’s FA Cup tie against Worcester City having won only once in four outings.
“I’m there, I always have been and always will be,” Adkins said. “Don’t worry about that. You can’t deny that the lads have started the game really well but we haven’t put the ball in the back of the net and so we got beat. I can’t and won’t hide away from that.”