Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins pulled no punches as his side succumbed to a second loss in four days in League One, losing 1-0 at home to league leaders Burton Albion last night.
The Blades delivered a laboured display, with many fans taking to social media to vent their anger at a supposed lack of passion and effort in the performance, and Adkins appeared to agree in his post match interview with the Sheffield Star.
“It was a bad result and a bad performance,” he said. “This is a fantastic football club and it’s our responsibility to represent it and excite the crowd. Maybe it’s becoming more evident (there are people who can’t) because you get judged in the arena”
It was the first time Adkins has really blown his top this season and he appeared to openly criticise certain players without naming them, stating that one player in particular wasn’t willing to do the job he was asked, leading to a change in shape during the game.
It is yet another sour note and bitter pill for Blades fans to swallow, especially as former manager Nigel Clough was the one walking away from Bramall Lane with 3 points this time round.
Clough had his troops clearly organised and playing to a game plan, and could have won by more than the 1 goal, although many will see it as the perfect away performance, including Clough himself.
For Adkins, it is back to the drawing board once more, and with the signing of Alex Baptiste, he will be hoping for more new faces to follow before the loan window shuts at the back end of March. Adkins added:
“We weren’t good enough. And that, for me, is disappointing. Well, it’s bloody annoying if you want the God’s honest truth. Win your duels, be better than then, and don’t give away shocking goals”.
Adkins will be looking for a response from this side when they travel to Fleetwood at the weekend.
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