Adkins hails Sharp shooter

Last updated : 26 December 2006 By Luke Thornhill
The 18-goal marksman struck four minutes after the restart in the Boxing Day fixture at Glanford Park to seal three points and strengthen United's position at the top end of League One.

But the goal came against the run of play, with the visitors clearly the better side in the opening 45 minutes before a defensive mix-up gifted Sharp the goal.

"We wanted to try and be adventurous and entertain a big home crowd, but in the first half it just did not happen for us," admitted Adkins, who had recalled Steve Torpey to the starting line-up for a three-pronged attack.

"But with a player like Sharp in your side you know you are never far away from a goal.

"We did much better in the second half but in the end this was a result we had to grind out.

"It's all about winning football matches and we have shown we can do that against a difficult Chesterfield side."

Chesterfield boss Roy McFarland felt his side had deserved to take something from the game, especially after their impressive first-half showing.

"We could have been two or three goals ahead by half-time," he said.

"We played some decent stuff at times but to lose a game to a goal like we did is scandalous. "