Blades ‘not dead yet’ after win over Leeds

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SHEFFIELD United are poised to extend Sam Vokes’ loan until the end of the season.

Officials at Bramall Lane reached agreement with Wolves - the young striker’s parent club - before Saturday’s derby against Leeds.

Vokes had been scheduled to return to Molineaux following the 2-0 victory over Simon Grayson’s side but Micky Adams, United’s manager, confirmed the Wales international has now received permission to prolong his stay.

“Hopefully Sam is going to stay for the rest of the campaign,” Adams told The Star. “We’ve spoken with Wolves and as far as I’m aware they’ve okayed everything.

“All that remains now is for the paperwork to be done and signed-off. ”

Adams paid tribute to his players after watching Eric Lichaj’s own goal and a clinical finish from substitute Bjorn Helge Riise lift United to 22nd in the Championship. With Crystal Palace being held at home by Derby, United enter the international break four points behind the Londoners.

“It’s still going to be difficult to stay-up,” added Adams. “We’ve got four homes games remaining and those will be crucial. But we’re not dead yet. Don’t write us off.”

United were forced to withdraw Marcus Bent from the squad which faced Leeds after inadvertently naming six loanees on their team sheet.

A club employee spotted the error before kick-off and, following consultations with referee Mike Jones, United removed the Birmingham striker’s name from their roster to leave themselves with the permitted five. Leeds are understood to have been kept informed throughout those negotiations.

The Football League, who could yet investigate circumstances surrounding the initial oversight, fined United’s opponents £2,000 for a committing the same error during a match at Burnley over five years ago. But in that instance, the situation was not rectified before the game started.