Sheffield United: Blades urged to make their mark

Driving force: Jamie Murphy can help United climb the table
Driving force: Jamie Murphy can help United climb the table

SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has urged his players to grab League One by the scruff of the neck after acknowledging the battle for promotion has entered a crucial phase, writes James Shield.

United visit Notts County tomorrow fourth in the table but having taken only a point from their last three games.

Wilson, who also used his media briefing at Shirecliffe to confirm there will be no new arrivals during the transfer window unless players leave Bramall Lane, said: “This is a time when you can really stamp your authority on things.

“If you can get a head of steam up now then you can really leave other teams behind.

“There are a lot of games coming up now, it’s a really busy period but that also means the potential is there to amass a lot of points.”

Whether or not United are afforded the opportunity to accept Wilson’s challenge at Meadow Lane could depend upon the outcome of a pitch inspection scheduled for 1pm this afternoon.

The 53-year-old has combined preparations for the trip to 14th placed County with overseeing the South Yorkshire club’s manoeuvres in the transfer market.

Jamie Murphy, a recent arrival from Motherwell, has been tasked with helping United fulfil their potential.

But with Salary Cost Management Protocol prohibiting teams in the division from spending more than 65 per cent of their turnover on players, Wilson reiterated that some must depart before any further acquisitions are made.

Danny Philliskirk and Erik Tonne are among those who have attracted interest in recent weeks while striker Chris Porter, who has scored 10 goals in 36 starts since leaving Derby County 18 months ago, also boasts admirers elsewhere.

“We’ve had a few sniffs on one or two players but there is nothing imminent or concrete,” Wilson said.

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