DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has warned his players to develop a ruthless streak or risk seeing League One leaders Tranmere Rovers ransack fortress Bramall Lane.
United prepare to entertain Ronnie Moore’s side this weekend third in the table and unbeaten at home in all competitions since March 3.
Despite paying tribute to their performance against Carlisle - “Our passing and movement caused them real problems” - Wilson identified several areas in need of improvement. “We don’t want to be giving away soft free-kicks in dangerous positions and areas,” he told The Star.
“We were in a really strong position, both in terms of the scoreline and the way the match itself was going, and then by doing that gave them a lift.
“We don’t want to be giving people one of those or offering them a route back in if we can help it.
“I thought there were times when we became a little bit scrappy.”
“Overall, though, I was very happy with the way we went about our business and of the course the final outcome,” added Wilson.
“But we are always striving to get better in everything that we do.”
Wilson’s comments echo those of Michael Doyle, the United captain, following Saturday’s 3-1 triumph at Brunton Park.
The result moved Wilson’s charges, whose penalty shoot-out defeat by Burton in the Capital One Cup four months ago is officially recorded as a draw, to within a point of table-topping Rovers.
Meanwhile, former Rotherham chief Moore could discover today whether central defender Ben Gibson is facing a lengthy absence from the game.
Gibson, aged 19, has impressed since arriving on a youth loan from Middlesbrough.
But he has seen his progress at Rovers interrupted by a mystery muscle complaint.