Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, believes patience could prove a virtue during Saturday’s game against Millwall.
Urging his players to demonstrate the same tactical discipline which helped them dispatch Fleetwood Town in midweek, Adkins also confirmed Bob Harris and Ryan Flynn are making progress in their respective fitness battles following injury.
United climbed to fifth following the 3-0 victory over Steven Pressley’s side and Adkins said: “Millwall, we’ve watched them on the videos, and it looks like being a really tough game. So far, they’ve kept two really solid banks of four, they don’t give many opportunities away and they are very good on set-plays defensively.
“We’re scoring goals, which is important, but we need to be really on it every weekend. We need the fans to be supportive of us because, it appears, these could be difficult opponents to break down.”
Che Adams (2) and Billy Sharp were both on target against the visitors from Highbury. United finished the match having enjoyed 61 per cent of the possession and Adkins added: “Fleetwood, for example, had a very narrow ‘three’ in midfield so they were hard to break down. You’ve got to give them a big amount of credit for that way they did that. But, equally, we controlled the game well, kept good possession of the football and didn’t just give it up for the sake of it. If you’ve got the ball, then they can’t score. Equally, when we have it, we want to move with pace.”
Harris, who recently underwent surgery, and Flynn are both unavailable for selection but Adkins said: “Bob and Ryan came back for the under-21’s so that’s really pleasing. That’s the first 45 minutes of a pre-season, if you like, for them.
“Ryan is a little bit closer to where we want in terms of squad selection than Bob. That’s understandable. For him, it’s all about building that strength up.”