BLADES boss Micky Adams is attempting to foster a siege mentality at Bramall Lane as part of his plan to steer the club towards safety.
Adams, who earlier this week heard chief executive Trevor Birch dismiss reports that his job is under threat less than two months after arriving in South Yorkshire, is scouring the transfer market for potential loan targets ahead of Saturday’s crucial visit of Millwall.
But, with United now four points adrift of safety in the Championship relegation zone, Adams told The Star last night: “I’ve urged the lads to go out there and prove the cynics and the doubters wrong. We’ve got to stay positive and focused on the job in hand.
“That doesn’t just include in matches. It also includes when we are training during the week too.
“I’ll be adopting a positive attitude to the situation. We’ve all got to do the same.
“As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve all got to shoulder collective responsibility for the position we are in.”
Adams added: “There’s no magic cure. There’s no button that we can press to make everything alright again.
“But what we can do is stay strong, work hard and want to improve.
“We’re all in this together. So we’ve all got to stick together and hold our heads up high.”
United will be without the suspended Rob Kozluk and Lee Williamson when they entertain Kenny Jackett’s side. Nyron Nosworthy, who finally succumbed to a long-standing ankle problem at Burnley seven games ago, has returned to training but is unlikely to feature against opponents looking to avenge United’s recent victory at The New Den.
Striker Darius Henderson is still recovering from serious injury.
“Nyron has started to join in with us again,” said Adams. “But I would expect this one (Millwall) to be a little bit too early for him yet.”
n Jordan Slew made his England under-19 debut against Germany last night. The United striker was a second half substitute for Ipswich Town’s Connor Wickham during the match at Chesterfield.