OPPOSITION VIEW: Sheffield United boss previews Chesterfield visit

Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins.
Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins says his team will give Chesterfield the utmost respect when the two sides clash this weekend.

The Blades chief made the statement after watching Dean Saunders pick up the mantle left by predecessor Paul Cook, as the Spireites got off to a winning start last week against Barnsley.

Adkins acknowledges the fact that Saturday’s visitors can combine slick passing with the physical side of the game, and believes the encounter against another of last season’s play-off sides will be a tough test.

He said: “It’s important we go and dominate the game but the opposition have a big say in that.

“We have to be mindful and respectful of what they can do.

“Chesterfield can play but they also have the opportunity to change things round and be very, very big as well from a physical point of view.

“We are under no illusions it will be a tough encounter.

“But one which should be a rip roaring atmosphere and very exciting for the supporters.”

Kick-off on Saturday is 3pm, with a big crowd expected at Bramall Lane.