Coventry City v Sheffield United - Blades hope to stay alive until the last weekend

HOPEFUL: Sheffield United manager, Nigel Adkins
HOPEFUL: Sheffield United manager, Nigel Adkins
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Nigel Adkins is expecting a backlash from Coventry City today as Sheffield United look to keep their faint play-off hopes alive.

The maths are simple for the Blades. They need to win today at Tony Mowbray’s Coventry and hope both Gillingham and Barnsley lose.

Barnsley host relegated Colchester United, while the Gills travel to Burton Albion.

Then it will go down to the final weekend, when Adkins’s side must beat Scunthorpe United and hope the Tykes and and Gillingham drop points again.

Barnsley are away to leaders Wigan, while Gillingham host Millwall.

It’s a tall order, but stranger things have happened and that is the message Adkins will send his team out with today: ‘Win your last two games and see where that takes us’.

Coventry lost 2-0 at Doncaster Rovers last week, and Adkins expects a tough game today.

He said: ”I know Tony has given his lads a right kick-up the backside.

“So you’ve got to expect there’s going to a response from that. We know they are good and we are expecting it to be a very tough match.

“But we need to go there and do the business. End of.

“You would imagine Colchester, who are already down, would get beat by Barnsley.

“But you never know, stranger things have happened.

“Strange things do happen.

“We didn’t win last weekend, we drew and got a clean sheet. But we needed to win.

“Then results went our way and it’s still alive.

“All we can control is us – just make sure that we control the controllables.

“League One is a tough division, a game every three days, and that’s why I talk about the need for robust players.

“There’s been a big turnaround here.

“We brought six in, probably the fewest in the division, and let something like 25 go.

“There’s been a restructuring but it takes time and it will happen.”