Speaking to The Star after Wednesday’s away defeat to Southend United, Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins that he will not give up in their quest to finish in an unlikely play-off position.

The 3-1 defeat at Roots Hall left the Blades in the bottom half of the table with only seven matches remaining. However the former Reading and Southampton boss insists it is not in his nature to give up and will do all he can to turn around the points gap to the top six.

Adkins described the defeat to Phil Brown’s Southend as ‘undeserved’ and ‘very, very cruel’ but he isn’t prepared to write off this season just yet. Things are certainly against Sheff Utd achieving a play-off finish. Not only is recent form patchy and there is a sizeable gap to those spots, defender John Brayford picked up a potentially season-ending injury earlier this week.

Nevertheless, Adkins is adamant that he will give his all and ensure the players do the same in their remaining League One matches this season,

“You will never, ever, hear me give up. Never. It’s not something I do.

“We will pick ourselves up and get ready for the next game on Saturday. That attitude will continue all the way through my tenure at Sheffield United.

“We want to get out of this division and, ideally, we want to do it now. We’ve gone and made it a little bit more difficult to do that now but we’ll carry on fighting. Be assured about that.”

Speaking more about Brayford’s injury, Adkins said it was a ‘big, big blow’, but was pleased with the performance of young Ben Whiteman in Essex on Wednesday and now looks set for a run in the side.

This weekend the Blades welcome Walsall to Bramall Lane, knowing that a victory is needed to give them even the slightest of slight chances of turning around the eight-pint gap to Bradford City in the final play-off spot.

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