MANAGER Danny Wilson admits that his Sheffield United side are hoping to escape from their ‘big three’ games with their unbeaten record still intact - but will refuse to rest on their laurels.
Tuesday night’s goalless draw at Swindon Town was the first of three difficult games for Wilson’s men, who will next face both of last year’s beaten League One Play-Off semi finalists Milton Keynes Dons and Stevenage.
“If we can come away unbeaten from these three games, then that’ll be a good return for us,” Wilson said after his side’s stalemate with Paolo Di Canio’s charges.
“And, of course, there’s always an opportunity to throw a win in there which would be a fantastic return.
“We’ve got a tough block of games coming up, and we have a great chance of returning some points. But we’ll take nothing for granted; we’ll go down to Milton Keynes knowing how strong they are at home, and we’ll have to put in a similar performance down there.”
United travel to Milton Keynes knowing that a win will see them top of League One once more, and Wilson has no fresh injury concerns to contend with.
Striker Dave Kitson is still not available for selection despite travelling to Swindon to receive treatment on his injured hamstring.
“The team are all confident at the moment,” Wilson added. “That’s all part and parcel of winning football matches.
“They all have a trust and belief in each other; if they have to put their bodies on the line, then they do it and they know that if their mate has to put his body on the line, then he’ll do it too. They’re a great group of players and we want to continue like that as we go along.”
Wilson again praised his teenage goalkeeper George Long, who kept his fourth successive league clean sheet at the County Ground.
“George is growing with every game, which is important to us,” Wilson said of his ‘keeper, who turned 19 on Bonfire Night. “In some respects, every game is a bonus for George at this stage but we’re seeing a man out there now.
“He’s not there yet, we know that and there might be a mistake in him somewhere along the line.
“But he doesn’t look like making one any time soon.”
United’s last match with MK Dons saw them lose 1-0 at Stadium:MK in April - their last league defeat in regular time.
Harry Maguire, United’s centre half, said: “It’s yet another tough game for us - we went there last year and they upset us, and took our chance [of automatic promotion] away from us.”
United, meanwhile, are looking for a new Head of Academy Coaching to work at their Shirecliffe training base.
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