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Nigel Adkins believes Sheffield United are still a 'work in progress'

17 August 2015

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins believes his team is still a work in progress, despite watching them record a 2-0 victory over Chesterfield in Match Round 2 of Sky Bet League 1.

The Blades started the season with a 4-0 loss at Gillingham, but improved in Match Round 2 to see off the Spireites in what was Adkins' first game in the Bramall Lane dugout.

Speaking to, he said: "We have kept another clean sheet, scored two really good goals and our fast start at the beginning of both halves was pleasing.
"But credit Chesterfield, they are a good side, they had a lot of the ball and numerous set pieces so it was important we stood strong and we were a bigger side on the day to combat their threats.

"It is still early days in our tenure though and we are still very much a work in progress."

Read more: Sky Bet League 1 Match Round 2 review

Youngster Che Adams scored both of the Blades' goals on Saturday and the boss was full of praise for the attacker, who was signed from non-league Ilkeston last year. But Adkins highlighted the significance of his team executing the basics.

“Che is a raw talent and people get excited watching him play because he makes things happen, but as a team we did the basics well and that's just as important.

"We have to make Che even better now, we have to make him understand the game more and that will come through us nurturing his talent carefully.

"The back four did very well to repel everything that was thrown at them, but we made sure we were equipped to deal with the set plays in particular and Mark Howard came and took the pressure off on a number of occasions.”

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