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Cup can act as catalyst, says boss

2 December 2015

Blades boss Nigel Adkins hopes Saturday's Emirates FA Cup second round tie against Oldham Athletic can act as a 'catalyst' for an upturn in fortunes in Sky Bet League One.

United enter the weekend's clash against David Dunn's Latics at Bramall Lane without a win since the first round victory over Worcester City, but despite the frustrations of a difficult November, Adkins remains optimistic.

He commented:"We need a catalyst, but we are all pulling in the same direction and the harder we work for each other the better opportunity we have of turning things round.

"Saturday's game is the most important one now because it's the next challenge in front of us and a win against Oldham would give everyone a boost ahead of what is another hectic month."

But the Blades cause isn't likely to be helped by the injuries picked up by Jamal Campbell-Ryce and David Edgar in the stalemate at Barnsley last week.

The Gaffer revealed: "Jamal has suffered a hamstring injury, which he will always be susceptible to being such an explosive player.

"David was first struggling towards the end of the first-half, but at half-time the assessment was he was good to go again and he was more than happy to do so.

"But towards the very end he needed to be replaced and thankfully John Brayford managed to get through the full game because we were mindful of that throughout."

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