Sven Goran Eriksson is convinced Micky Adams will keep Sheffield United in the Championship after admitting his side were “lucky” to win at Bramall Lane this week, writes Alan Biggs.
“Micky is a very good manager and a nice man. . . he will do it,” former England coach Eriksson told the Telegraph despite a result that plunged the Blades into the bottom three.
“Sheffield United are very difficult to play against. They press you and you have no time on the ball to play. They have a very good chance and I think they will stay up.”
Not that Adams is in the mood to welcome such compliments after seeing his dominant side lose harshly at home for the second game running.
Playing well and still being beaten is a dangerous sign that the Blades boss chooses not to ignore. Indeed, he talks today of changing a “losing mentality.”
But when it comes to the actual performances he can’t help but be more encouraged than discouraged. I have not seen a more one-sided game this season than Tuesday’s, which made it all the more remarkable that United lost after giving Leicester an absolute battering.
Adams wanted to kick out in understandable frustration but, apart from the denial of an obvious penalty, he could not find a target. You suspect his job would be easier if he could rip into flaws in the team rather than bemoan bad luck.
“I heartily wish I could go in and have a pop at the players,” he said. “But the standard of performance has been spot on since I came here in terms of effort and application.
“We just need to stick the ball in the net and we’ve got to start picking up points.”
Adams refused - even though he had every justification - to emphasise his side’s misfortune because “there will be doubters and cynics” who would expect him to say that.
Like any manager, he would settle for a flukey 1-0 to turn the tide. He added: “I’m not used to losing games. We are. . . as a team and club. We’ve got to change that mentality.
“But I maintain that we are on the right road.”
Adams’ quest to break his duck moves on to Ipswich on Saturday. After that come back-to-back home games with Millwall and Reading, which could have a far greater bearing on United’s destiny. Neill Collins, the defender signed for Leeds, is set for a debut on Saturday as Adams targets further recruits when the loan window opens.