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Adams looking for home comforts

Adams looking for home comforts (©PAphotos)
Adams looking for home comforts (©PAphotos).

Sheffield United manager Micky Adams highlighted his side's home games as the key to their survival hopes after their 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Leeds.

The Blades, who went 13 matches without a win prior to their home success over Nottingham Forest two weeks ago, recorded back-to-back home victories for the first time this season thanks to an Eric Lichaj own goal and a Bjorn Helge Riise strike.

"I told the players that everyone had written them off before the game. But we're not finished yet. We've got four home games left which are key to it and this performance has given us a chance," said Adams.

The result will not be enough to lift them out of the drop zone going into the international break, but Adams feels they can look forward to their survival bid with renewed positivity - especially as they have four home games left to come.

"We were terrific and I thought there was a commitment there that was all to see,'' he said. "We stifled Leeds, their three-man midfield in particular.

"We were better than them all around the pitch. We limited them to a few chances and, maybe in my tenure here, teams have taken the chances they have had against us. We've now beaten Nottingham Forest and Leeds here, and we've shown what we are capable of doing."

Lichaj's own goal and Riise's strike followed a long spell of dominance from the Blades, and the result leaves Leeds looking unlikely to take one of the two automatic promotion places. They must now cope without Billy Paynter too, with the striker set for a three-game ban after an apparent headbutt on Shane Lowry earned him a late red card.

"I'm hugely disappointed and we got what we deserved which was nothing," said their manager Simon Grayson. "To lose at important stage of the season and in a derby game is annoying and frustrating.

"We didn't get going. We knew they'd make it difficult and ugly and scrap but we didn't compete or win enough battles. It was hugely frustrating all round.

"But we have to accept it and take it on the chin that we were beaten by a team that showed they wanted it more than us. We got a bad result at Swansea three weeks ago and responded in the right manner, and we have to do that again."

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Football
Championship
Shane Lowry
Bjorn Helge Riise
Eric Lichaj
Nottingham Forest
Sheffield United
Billy Paynter
Leeds United
Swansea City

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