SHEFFIELD United’s Matthew Lowton urged supporters not to look for scapegoats after Micky Adams’ side dropped to the foot of the npower Championship table following Saturday’s defeat by Middlesbrough.
Marvin Emnes dealt United’s hopes of avoiding relegation a huge blow when, having seen Lowton cancel-out Matthew Bates’ opener, he converted a last gasp winner at Bramall Lane.
Darius Henderson was booed-off by a section of home supporters after missing a hat-trick of chances as Boro’ found themselves fighting a rearguard action for long periods of an absorbing contest.
But Lowton, who had earlier forced a smart save from Paul Smith after combining with the former Watford centre-forward, said: “There’s no blame culture here. There’s no room for that in the dressing room and there’s no room for sulking either.
“What we are facing now is a test of character. That’s what it’s all about and we’ve got to stick together. Fortunately we’ve got those characters.
“We had a lot of opportunities to win and if we’d have taken them we’d have been okay. We didn’t but we’ve got to look for the positives.”
United return to action at home to Cardiff City tomorrow and Lowton added: “There was nothing wrong with the performance. It simply came down to us not taking chances.
“But anyone can beat anyone in this division and so, if we can stick some wins together, then that means we can do it.”
Adams also warned United not to surrender despite admitting he felt “mugged” by Emnes’ effort. But he insisted it would be a mistake to throw caution to the wind against City even though victory would appear a must.
“You can’t go too cavalier because they’ve got people like (Craig) Bellamy who are going to hurt you if you do that. But, the way we played (against Boro) even a point would’ve been a disappointment.
“Bjorn (Helge Riise) and Boggy (Daniel Bogdanovic) caused them problems in good areas. We’ve got to believe we can still get out of it even though it might look an impossible task.”