SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams last night admitted morale behind the scenes at Bramall Lane has taken a beating during a miserable run of results which has left his team teetering on the brink of relegation.
With fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and Doncaster Rovers drawing 0-0 yesterday, United have been handed a stay of execution irrespective of the outcome against Bristol City today.
Adams’ players will be looking to arrest a four-match losing streak when they entertain Keith Millen’s side and the former Port Vale chief said: “It’s win or bust. We know that and, to be honest, we need a win to start feeling better about ourselves.
“There’s been a bit of despondency around the training ground. I’m not going to deny it.
“I think it’s only normal when you find yourself in a situation like this.
“But come three o’clock then I’ve got no doubt that everyone is going to be ready for the game.”
United, who travel to Reading on Bank Holiday Monday, are nine points adrift of safety with four matches left to play. They are bottom of the table having won just twice since mid-December, and only fellow strugglers Scunthorpe boast an inferior goal difference.
Although Adams, who took charge of United four months ago, has refused to accept the club’s fate is sealed, he recently admitted that “a huge rebuilding exercise” is in prospect.
“Different people are affected in different ways,” added Adams. “There are lads out there who are still absolutely convinced that we can stay up and get out of it. There’s certainly no use in moping around and feeling sorry for yourself.”