Lane men up for top-two battle

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DANNY Wilson has admitted Sheffield United are ready to stand toe to toe with their fellow League One heavyweights as the fight for automatic promotion enters the final rounds.

Having scored 78 goals en route to being second in the table, United possess the firepower to outgun most teams in the division.

But Wilson insists his squad have the durability to emerge as the last men standing in what appears to be a three-way battle for the runners-up spot.

“You can’t stick your head in the sand and pretend that it’s possible to do anything by playing only a certain way,” the United manager said. “You’ve got to be able to do things differently, mix them up a bit and be flexible.

“My players have shown that they can adapt.”

United will enter this weekend’s visit of Bournemouth six points behind leaders Charlton Athletic with as many games remaining.

Although Wilson has steadfastly refused to surrender the title, it would appear the South Yorkshire club are battling local rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town for the right to be fast-tracked into the Championship alongside Chris Powell’s side next term.

Wilson used Saturday’s victory over Hartlepool as evidence of United’s stamina.

Acknowledging they had altered their tactics due to concerns about Victoria Park’s pitch and “out of respect for our opponents”, he said: “We know what these games are going to throw up and the challenges likely to be presented.

“We changed our approach play a bit and it worked.”