Crystal Palace v Sheffield United: Adams takes positive approach to plight

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Championship: SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams wants his players to forget about the league table ahead of two games that could shape the destiny of the club’s season.

The Blades, who are locked in a relegation battle, visit Crystal Palace this afternoon before heading to Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

Just four points separate the three clubs but Adams does not want his players regarding the games as ‘do-or-die’ tussles

“However much I tell the players not to read newspapers or look at league tables, I am sure they will do,” he said. “But if we lose, no one is going to switch off our life support machine. Victory won’t ensure our safety, either, but it will give us a lift and a boost and something to carry forward into the next few games.”

The Blades have yet to win since Adams took over as manager nine games ago but have shown signs of improvement and picked up draws in their last two games

“We are two unbeaten so we have to take that as a positive,” he said. “We have got two points from our last two home games without playing as well as we did in defeats against Norwich and Leicester. Maybe our luck is turning.

“We have come back from a ‘bad injury’ and we are learning how to walk again,” he mused. “But now we have to learn how to jog again.”

Palace have also played nine games under their new manager Dougie Freedman, who took over last month following the departure of George Burley.

Freedman, who worked under Adams at Nottingham Forest 12 years ago, has taken nine points from those nine games.