BLADES’ SAS DO DAMAGE
Saunders and Chesterfield can’t contain Adkins’ star front three
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.”
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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