Sheffield United: Blades expect the unexpected

Chris Basham is relishing the prospect of taking out his frustration on Fleetwood Town
Chris Basham is relishing the prospect of taking out his frustration on Fleetwood Town

Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, admits Steven Pressley’s appointment by Fleetwood Town has complicated preparations for tonight’s League One fixture at Bramall Lane.

The Scot, who parted company with Coventry City towards the end of last term, takes charge of his first away match since being unveiled as Graham Alexander’s successor earlier this month.

Town enter the match full of confidence after beating Burton Albion 4-0 three days ago and Adkins said: “This is Steven’s first away game and whether he changes or approaches the game differently is unlikely. But you never know so we have to expect the unexpected. They beat Burton and they’ll be buoyed by that, likewise the arrival of a new manager. As always, we expect the opposition to be at the top of their game but it’s at Bramall Lane, it’s under lights and it’s an exciting place to be. We’ve got a fantastic surface too thanks to the work Glenn and John do there. The same as Kelly, Mark and Jamie at the training ground. We are very respectful of the work they do and we value them very much.”

United’s 14th contest of the campaign also pits Adkins against Bobby Grant; a player he signed for Scunthorpe United before taking charge of Southampton. Grant scored twice during the win over Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side and Adkins, who is again expected to name Chris Basham as captain in Jay McEveley’s absence, said: “We had really high hopes of Bobby after bringing him in from Accrington but I moved on pretty quickly after that.”

“There’s been a big investment in Fleetwood,” Adkins added. “We are ready for a battle but have focused on imposing ourselves.”

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