DANNY Wilson has admitted the weight of expectation associated with being a Sheffield United player means his team will be criticised in some quarters if they fail to win this afternoon’s FA Cup tie at Reading, writes james Shield.
Despite entering the fourth round clash thirty one places and two divisions below Brian McDermott’s side in the footballing pyramid, the United manager acknowledged last night that some observers still believe the visitors should progress.
“In some people’s eyes we’ll be favourites,” Wilson said. “We’ll be expected to go down there, score goals and run riot.
“If we’d don’t then we’ll get a rollocking.”
“There’s an expectation but there’s also got to be reality,” Wilson added. “And that’s not always the case.
“When you say that, it often gets misinterpreted. But that would be wrong because, make no mistake, we believe that if we perform to our best then we are capable of giving anyone a game.”
United, fifth in the League One table ahead of Friday’s televised fixture against Coventry City, beat Oxford 3-0 in the previous round.
Reading, who were promoted to the top-flight nine months ago, advanced courtesy of a 3-1 success over Crawley Town.
Acknowledging that Bradford’s march into the final of the Capital One Cup could serve as a inspiration to lower league teams - “Our lads have been chatting about it” - Wilson refuted suggestions United are simply intent on soaking-up the atmosphere at the Madejski Stadium.
“I hear a lot of rubbish about going somewhere and enjoying the day out,” he countered. “And it’s complete an utter tosh.
“Nobody, I don’t care who they are, enjoys losing and that’s not what we aim to do.
“We’ll go down there and give it a real good crack.”