Sheffield United 0 Derby County 1: Adams defiant despite Blades defeat

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THEO Robinson’s 27th minute goal has left Sheffield United trailing 1-0 at home to Derby County in the Championship, writes Ian Appleyard.

Lee Williamson returns to the Sheffield United starting line-up today as manager Micky Adams shuffles his pack due in the absence of suspended centreback Shane Lowry.

Williamson will play centre-midfield with Johnny Ertl dropping back from midfield into the heart of defence.

That apart, Adams sticks with the same players who lost 3-2 in midweek at Scunthorpe United.

Former Huddersfield Town striker Robinson pounced at the far post after a good low ball across the Blades area by Daniel Ayala.

The Blades had looked comfortable before the goal which was a result of Derby’s first serious attack.

Leicester captain Robbie Savage was booked for a foul on Blades midfielder Stephen Quinn and is struggling to contain his frustration with referee Roger East.

Blades boss Adams said: “Certainly for the last 15 minutes that wasn’t a game that we shouldn’t have lost. But how many times have we said that since I’ve been here? I’m absolutely gutted, don’t get me wrong.

“Once again it was a set-piece.

“Obviously those are our Achilles heel. Everyone could see the boys were trying.

“If I’m being critical it was that we didn’t test their keeper enough. We put enough balls into the box but we didn’t have enough people attacking them or anticipating where the ball might fall.

“Obviously morale is going to be affected. But morale can change very quickly. Everyone will be writing us off and I can understand that. But we’re not dead and buried yet. Not by a long chalk.”