BLADES: ‘There’s still hope for us’ insists Adams

Boss Micky Adams

Boss Micky Adams

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BLADES boss Micky Adams has warned his team’s relegation rivals that they will not surrender in their battle for Championship survival.

United are six points adrift of safety with just 12 games of the season remaining following a miserable run of form which has seen them fail to record a win since December.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit to Portsmouth, Adams said: “I can’t tell what is going to happen by the end of the season. What I can say is that I’m not giving-up.

“Nobody is going to throw in the towel. We’ve got to keep fighting and scrapping for every single point.

“We know we’re in a huge battle. We know that everyone out there is writing us off because we are where we are.

“Well, one of the things I want to do is go out there and prove them all wrong. That’s the attitude we’ve got to have.”

Adams added: “Until such time as someone tells me that it’s mathematically impossible for us to stay up then I’ll keep believing that we can do it. And we can.

“Yes, it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be hard work.

“But there is still time and there are enough points to play for that would enable us to do it. What we’ve got to do is start taking some of them.”

Adams, who replaced caretaker John Carver at the helm towards the end of last year, is still searching for his first victory in charge of the South Yorkshire club.

Despite making a series of forays into the loan market in recent weeks, he refused to rule out the possibility of bolstering his faltering squad with another temporary transfer.

With a hamstring complaint hampering Sam Vokes’ progress at Bramall Lane, a striker is believed to top Adams’ wish-list after receiving the green light from United’s plc chairman Kevin McCabe.

Adams had been monitoring Marlon Harewood’s situation at Blackpool but the former Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa centre-forward recently joined neighbours Barnsley instead.

Conor Sammon, the Republic of Ireland under-21 international, also attracted admiring glances from United before completing his move from Kilmarnock to Wigan Athletic.

However, Joe Mattock could return to action shortly after making progress in his battle to overcome knee and ankle problems. The full-back, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, has not featured since being stretchered off against his former club Leicester City.

Mattock’s return to training saw Stephen Jordan, one of Kevin Blackwell’s summer signings, allowed to join League One promotion contenders Huddersfield Town on a temporary deal.

Adams said: “I just think that Stephen is better served getting games under his belt. Joe is coming along and Matty Lowton is also performing pretty well.”

Jordan said: “It’s been turbulent at Sheffield United this season and the manager (Adams) told me he was making me available for loan so it’s great to feel wanted here at Huddersfield, I think the squad here (at Huddersfield) is definitely good enough to get automatic promotion from what I’ve seen.”