BLADES: Sheffield United’s new signing believes team has what it takes

Npower Championship''Sheffield United vs Reading ''Utd's     Sam Vokes
Npower Championship''Sheffield United vs Reading ''Utd's Sam Vokes

NEW Blades’ striker Sam Vokes has insisted his new club can win their battle for Championship survival.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster, who joined Micky Adams’ side on a short-term loan earlier this week, made the prediction ahead of tomorrow’s visit to fellow strugglers Crystal Palace.

Acknowledging the match at Selhurst Park is “a six-pointer”, Vokes said: “I’ve seen enough in training and during my first match to know there’s enough here.

“Definitely enough.

“There are a lot of quality players here and a lot of potential too. What we’ve got to do is make that count.”

Vokes made his debut for United against Reading in midweek. A 1-1 draw, secured courtesy of Daniel Bogdanovic’s late penalty, means Adams’ squad travel to the capital still in the relegation zone but only two points behind their latest opponents, who are 21st.

United’s next match is at Scunthorpe – the team directly below them in the table – on Tuesday. They entertain Derby County tomorrow having inflicted a shock defeat upon promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest earlier this week.

Vokes, a senior Wales international, added: “This is a massive game coming up. Well, to be honest, every single game between now and the end of the season is.

“It’s a six-pointer and what better way to go there (Scunthorpe) as well than on a high after getting a good win.

“Their result (against Forest) makes these games really, really important. But, we’ve also got to remember that, either way, nothing is going to get settled now.”

Dougie Freedman, Adams’ Palace counterpart, is also confident of beating the drop after warning United that Darren Ambrose is finally over the injuries which have plagued his season. The former Ipswich attacker started their recent 2-1 defeat by Coventry City.

“Having Darren fit and firing will be the equivalent of bringing in a top-quality signing,” said Freedman. “He’s a great player and he’ll show everyone that over the coming weeks.

“Darren is getting fitter and fitter, which can only be great news for Palace. I think you can tell that’s he’s not far away now by the way he is starting to skip past players.”