Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has taken a swipe at folk who denegrate the FA Cup, insisting his team’s decision to award Worcester City a guard of honour following Saturday’s first round tie proves their “respect” for the competition.
United’s players applauded the visitors off the pitch after goals from Jose Baxter, Conor Sammon and Kieran Freeman secured the League One club’s place in tonight’s draw.
Although Adkins acknowledged securing promotion to the Championship remains his overriding priority this term, he said: “The gesture at the end was just a bit of respect.
“I’ve been there, lots of us has been there and Worcester have done great to get this far.
“So it’s only right that we appreciate the effort that they have put in.
“We’ve done well too and their goalie has made four absolute ‘worldie’ saves. But that’s the beauty of the FA Cup and it’s important to be shown the respect that you deserve.”
“I always remember the FA Cup as a kid,” Adkins added. “Bill Shankly and all of that, running out after the final to have a pint of milk and Jim Montgomery’s save.
“All of these things you remember and that’s why it’s a special thing which is great to be a part of.
“We are in the hat for the next round and, whoever we get, it will be interesting.”
Progress, though, came at a price with Che Adams, Chris Basham and Paul Coutts all expected to miss tomorrow’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy quarter-final with Fleetwood Town after sustaining injuries against the National League North side.
“Che has got a leg injury, Bash has got a groin and with Couttsy it’s his ankle or lower leg,” Adkins said. “We’ve got one or two carrying little niggles but, hey ho, you get on with it. It’s too early to say, at this stage anyway, how serious any of them are. We’ll see but we’ll carry on.”
“That wasn’t an easy game for us because we were expected to go out and win,” Adkins added. “But we’ve done that, we’ve kept a clean sheet and scored three goals. It’s been proven time and time again and I keep saying it for a reason. On any given day, anybody can beat somebody else. But it’s a good afternoon’s work from our perspective because the objective was to go through and that’s what we’ve done.”