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DANNY Wilson says Sheffield United’s unbeaten start to the League One season is built on team spirit and trust.

Wilson, whose third place side entertain Walsall tomorrow, was speaking after Saturday’s triumph at Preston North End made it 13 games without defeat in the competition this term.

“The biggest thing that a professional footballer can have is trust,” United’s manager told The Star.

“Trust in their mate and the player alongside them. That’s what our lads have got at the moment.

“They’ve got trust in George (Long) and they know that, if the ball goes into the area, that Neill Collins is going to put his head in where it hurts. That Matty Hill is going to do the same. I could go on.

“You won’t find a place that’s tougher to come than is. But we dealt with it well.”

Wilson added: “What really pleased me was the link-up play out there too. When you come under that type of pressure it’s easy just to put your foot through the ball and get rid.

“But the lads didn’t do that. They worked it out of defence well and showed plenty of thought.”

Long, United’s teenager goalkeeper, produced a superb save to deny Preston a late equaliser during a robust encounter at Deepdale.

Wilson said: “We never had any questions about George’s shot stopping ability. What he needed to show was that he could make the right decisions in the middle of games like that.”

Nevertheless, with Mark Howard facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Wilson warned United must still draft in cover should Long also be ruled-out by injury.

Danny Coyne, previously of Middlesbrough and Leicester City, has been invited to train at Shirecliffe.

But despite indicating he “would like” to sign the former Wales international, Wilson admitted the transfer is now “unlikely” to go through.