Manager Danny Wilson insists that Sheffield United will continue to try and play their way to promotion, after Tuesday evening’s win at Bury.
Goals from Jon Forte and Jamie Murphy sealed a 2-0 victory at Gigg Lane - United’s second success in four days, which, at the time of writing, puts them just a point behind league leaders Bournemouth, with a game in hand.
The League One promotion picture is so congested that, depending on results elsewhere, United could finish Saturday’s home game against Colchester United either in joint second place, or seventh.
Wilson, however, is only looking up - and remains convinced that his side will be “there or thereabouts” when the season comes to a climax in April.
“We have to win games through being positive,” Wilson said.
“We can’t always hold back hoping to win 1-0.
“We had to stand up to Bury at times and use our experience wisely.
“It is no coincidence that when we are close to full strength, the results start to improve and become more consistent.
“It is another great three points on the road and if we are to make a serious challenge for promotion, these are the games we need to be winning.
“The carrot is dangling for us if we can keep this momentum up, and I remain sure we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”
United, who had previously gone five league games without a win, can secure three league wins in a row for the second time this season against John Ward’s Colchester.
“This is a very tough league to get out of, and sometimes you need to battle it out to get your reward,” Wilson said.
“And if you don’t, you come unstuck.
“We need to complete the week with a home win to make it three wins in seven days, and that challenge will be different for us.
“The onus will be on us at home, but we must be patient and make sure we don’t become frustrated.”
Wilson, who confirmed that Leeds striker Dominic Poleon will join United for the rest of the season on loan, paid tribute to Murphy after the Scot scored his first goal in United colours at Bury.
“The goals Jamie will get, given time, will show why we brought him to Bramall Lane,” the United manager said.
“The goals that Jamie and Jonathan scored will have done their confidence the power of good.
“Both lads are becoming a real threat in our forward play and, in particular for Jamie, that goal has been coming for a while.”
Murphy added: “Six points out of six away from home was what we were looking for; now it’s up to us to get that win at home on Saturday and hopefully that’ll put us in good stead for the season.”
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