Martyn Woolford has revealed he held heart-to-heart talks with manager Nigel Adkins in a bid to arrest his poor form.
The Sheffield United midfielder, speaking ahead of today’s crucial fixture against Wigan Athletic, admitted to frustrating Adkins with a series of lacklustre displays after arriving at Bramall Lane earlier this year.
But, having forced his way back into United’s starting eleven, Woolford told The Star: “I’ve not got off to the best of starts and I’m the first to hold my hands-up to that. I’ve sat down and spoke with the gaffer.
“Sometimes it’s all about voicing an opinion. Other times, it’s all about asking what you have to do to improve your chances of getting in the team.
“I might have frustrated him by not being at my best. I can see him being a little bit frustrated with me at times. But I’m confident in my own ability and that I’ll show what I’m capable of.”
Woolford, who worked with Adkins at Scunthorpe, produced his best performance of the season when he returned to Glanford Park last weekend. A 1-0 win means United visit fifth-placed Wigan ranked ninth in the League One table; four points behind Gary Caldwell’s side.
Woolford, who left Millwall after rejecting their offer of contract talks at the end of last term, said: “I’ve struggled with missing pre-season to be honest. You don’t realise how important it is until you don’t have one. I’ll never moan about the running again.
“I’ve got to start showing the fans and the manager what he’s fetched me in for. It’s been a tough period in general but there’s a lot more to come. I like to think I’ll help the team and the team will help me.
“I’m excited to be in there now. And, hopefully, the results picking-up is going to be a good thing for me.”