Sheffield United: Blades will keep going on the attack, says Adkins

Nigel Adkins manager of Sheffield Utd
Nigel Adkins manager of Sheffield Utd

Nigel Adkins has vowed not to compromise his attacking philosophy despite acknowledging Sheffield United had been hit by a “sucker punch” during their defeat by Bury.

The United manager, who expressed reservations about aspects of referee David Webb’s performance during Saturday’s League One contest at Bramall Lane, admitted the hosts had gone “gung-ho” as they chased a win which would have propelled them to third in the table.

But, refusing to make any apologies for adopting such an expansive approach, Adkins insisted: “For us to get promoted I want us be winning games here and not settling for a draw. The game was there for us to go and win in the last 10 minutes, but we have got done by the sucker punch.

“We get ourselves back in it, a good finish from Billy Sharp for the penalty, and with 10 minutes to go I’m thinking ‘come on let’s win the game’ because we are in the ascendancy.

“Their lad has scored the second goal, a thunderous shot from a long way out, and put it into the top corner. If anything, we have then gone a bit gung-ho and launched it in there. They were able to just camp in.

“We put Marc McNulty on and went four up front, with the desire to go and win the game. Our endevour is to try and win every one.”

United, missing Che Adams due to illness, fell behind when Tom Pope pounced in the second-half but Sharp equalised from the sport after Kieran Wallace had been fouled. Joe Riley restored the visitors’ lead in spectacular fashion before Leon Clarke claimed a late third.

Adkins, whose team returns to action against Colchester tomorrow, said: “It’s all about the first goal. I thought our supporters stuck with us great, they knew what was going on and were very patient with the players. I thank them for that.

“It’s frustrating. Jamal (Campbell-Ryce) and Reidy (Louis Reed) played ever so well, Kieren Wallace comes on and wins the penalty and Flynny (Ryan Flynn) was a threat when he came on. That’s what you need off the bench, impact to come on and kick us onwards. Unfortunately we got done on the counter-attack.

“Their keeper has made a fantastic save in the first half. A great bit of work from Campbell-Ryce and a thunderous header from Conor Sammon. The goalkeeper has made super save, which could have changed the game’s complexion.”