Date: 18th April 2016 at 1:31pm
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Manager Nigel Adkins declared himself pleased following the weekend’s victory over Chesterfield.

Making the trip to the Proact Stadium for the game, first half goals from Alex Baptiste and Che Adams effectively tied the game up, and in the second period Billy Sharp made the result certain with his 19th goal of the campaign.

The pleasure for Adkins at the full time whistle as he spoke to the Official Site in his post game press conference was in seeing Sheffield United continue to end the campaigns strongly after plenty of disappointments.

We are once more unbeaten in three, with two victories, six points off the Play Off spots with twelve points left to play for.

Shrewsbury and then Barnsley could be vital for a very late run that few expected a few weeks back, but even if it is too late for that, at least hopefully there will be some kind of momentum to take into next campaign.

‘The players played well, it is another victory, three clean sheets on the spin and an unchanged team for a third consecutive week. The supporters were right behind the players, we scored three goals and comfortably won a local derby, so it was a good day all round.’

With a return to form and results, Adkins went on to speak about his pleasure at seeing the squad fight for a stronger end to the year.

‘We were on the front foot, we could have scored more goals, should have really, but we were also solid defensively and played some good football too. Coutts and Hammond complimented each other well, as did Sharp and Adams. We have built some partnerships and hopefully moving forward we can have more consistency in team selection because undoubtedly it has helped in recent weeks. We now move on to the next game, we will take stock and go to Shrewsbury with a positive mindset and full of confidence. I want us to be the fittest team in the division, it takes time but we are in a lot better place now and that will only improve in the future.’

With praise for fitness levels now, in wider press coverage he also builds partly on the above, and seems more fully quoted saying.

‘We can still get a lot fitter. And they know pre-season is, in the nicest possible way, going to be horrible. But I want us to be the fittest team in the division and next season we will be. We`re getting there but it doesn`t happen overnight. We`ll keep pushing them, we have the expertise to help them, but they have to want to do it. And, when they do, the players themselves will get all the praise which is exactly how it should be.’

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