Gillingham 4 Sheffield United 0: Blades suffer opening day horror show

Nigel Adkins.
Nigel Adkins.
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Sheffield United are bottom of League One after a humiliating 4-0 thrashing at Gillingham.

Emmanuel Osadebe netted after just eight minutes and it only got worse for United.

Further goals came from Deji Oshilaja, John Egan and Bradley Dack to cap a miserable first game for new boss Nigel Adkins.

“That wasn’t the start we wanted,” said Adkins.”Three goals we have conceded from set plays and we have got to do better than that.

“We weren’t good enough but credit to them.

“From my point of view we have got a lot of work to do and we are well aware of that.”

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh said: “I thought we were excellent from start to finish today, and I’m very proud of the players.

“We played with energy and really pressed Sheffield and didn’t allow them to play.

“Credit to my players because they were up against some very good players out there today, a team that’s fancied to gain promotion from the league, and rightly so.”