Saun­ders and Ch­ester­field can’t con­tain Ad­kins’ star front three

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ricky Charlesworth

NIGEL Ad­kins can­not wait to see what the sea­son holds for Sheffield United af­ter watch­ing his SAS trio take care of neigh­bours Ch­ester­field.

Billy Sharp, Che Adams and Conor Sam­mon all im­pressed as United swept aside Dean Saun­ders’ Spire­ites.

Adams struck twice at the start of both halves to seal the win and Ad­kins was full of praise for his for­ward line.

He said: “When Che gets the ball you know some­thing is go­ing to hap­pen.

“With Che up there and Conor and Billy up front, we have threats and we want to ex­cite 23,000 peo­ple. We've def­i­nitely got goals in the team.

“We’ve re­sponded in a great man­ner from last week’s loss at Gilling­ham and Che has got two ex­cel­lent goals.

“We started brightly, scored at the start of both halves and kept a good clean sheet. We’ve got to keep build­ing on this.

“Che’s a tal­ent and he’s a threat but he’s got to learn the game as he’s very raw but he’s got a great op­por­tu­nity.

“Two clean sheets in a week is a great re­sponse. Also, as it was the first home game of the sea­son, it’s pleas­ing to get the win.”

Barely three min­utes had been played when Adams put the hosts

ahead. The young­ster surged for­wards and fed Sam­mon, whose ef­fort was saved by Tommy Lee but only into the path of Adams who glee­fully smashed home.

Ch­ester­field re­sponded well as they pep­pered the Blades’ goal with Sam Hird blaz­ing over and Dan Gard­ner rock­et­ing an ef­fort over the bar be­fore then see­ing another shot de­flected wide.

The Spire­ites looked the more com­fort­able in pos­ses­sion with their mid­field catch­ing the eye with some crisp pass­ing.

Sam Morsy then drew a rou­tine save from Mark Howard, be­fore Gard­ner fol­lowed up by test­ing the re­flexes of the United stop­per. The Blades strug­gled to build on their early goal, but stayed strong de­fen­sively and held out un­til the break.

It was then al­most a case of deja vu as the Blades made it 2-0 less than a minute af­ter the restart.

Adams bombed for­ward and evaded a num­ber of chal­lenges, played a clever one-two with Sam­mon and then dinked the ball be­yond Lee.

Not long af­ter Adams could have had his hat­trick but was de­nied by a fine stop from Lee.

Ste­fan Scougall al­most capped a fine move just af­ter the hour mark, when Sam­mon teed him up in the box, but Lee was equal to his sting­ing ef­fort.

Saun­ders’ side were strug­gling to im­pose their pos­i­tive pass­ing game in the sec­ond half and were re­stricted to half-chances, with Drew Tal­bot blaz­ing over.

New sign­ing Lee Novak was strug­gling to get into the game, and was quashed out of the con­test by United’s re­silient back­line.

Sharp then drew a fine save from Lee and sub­sti­tute James Wal­lace saw a stoop­ing header cleared off the line as United upped the ante.

The visi­tors hit the wood­work to­wards the end, af­ter Daniel Jones’ in­swing­ing free-kick some­how stayed out of the net as the hosts saw out the win.

And Ch­ester­field man­ager Dean Saun­ders ad­mit­ted he was at a loss to ex­plain how his side had failed to find the net.

“We con­ceded two sloppy goals right at the start of both the first and sec­ond half,” Saun­ders said.

“But apart from that, I can’t com- plain. I thought the lads were ex­cel­lent.

“That’s twice we’ve con­ceded at the start of a game. Their first was a ter­ri­ble goal and the sec­ond was worse. But say­ing that, how we haven’t scored I don’t know.

“I think we had some­thing like 14 or 15 corners, we’ve hit the post and the bar and we’ve dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion all the way through it.

“You’ve got to put the ball in the net but we never got what we de­served.

“We didn’t take our chances but a lot of it was bad luck.”

PIC­TURES: Media Im­age

BLADE BEAUTY: Che Adams scores his sec­ond for Sheffield United

UP AND AD ‘EM! Che Adams score his first and is later con­grat­u­lated by Conor Sam­mon af­ter open­ing the scor­ing


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