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Gaffer set for Dale test

9 October 2015

Nigel Adkins hopes United can take confidence from Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory over Notts County, when Rochdale provide the opposition in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.

Keith Hill's side arrive at Bramall Lane above the Blades only on goal difference and whilst the boss insists the focus is own his own players, Adkins was quick to acknowledge the progress the visitors have made since promotion from League Two.

The Gaffer remarked: "We come into the game on the back of a very pleasing performance and result in midweek, but as I say every week, there are no easy games in this division.

"We will look to be positive, get on the front foot and score that all important first goal, but Rochdale will come with ideas of their own and under Keith are a very good side.

"They had a good season last year following promotion and this term they will certain have aspirations to be there or thereabouts, so they will believe in what they do and as always we will be prepared for them."

Adkins added: "I want us to be patience in possession and like we did on Tuesday night suck the opposition out to create those spaces in the offensive third.

"We have showed we can hurt teams and score goals, but that comes from keeping possession and being patient on the ball because if the opposition put men behind the ball it can be tough to breakdown at times.

"But we have the players and the backing of the crowd to make that happen if we move the ball quickly and continue to create chances."

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