SHEFFIELD United boss Danny Wilson has criticised his midfield players for giving away possession cheaply against Rotherham United and is demanding a marked improvement in their decision-making.
Wilson expressed his concern over the Blades’ failure to keep hold of the ball in their victory over Rotherham in the JP Trophy.
Having condemned his misfiring strikers for not being more clinical in recent weeks, Wilson got the perfect response from Chris Porter and Ched Evans as the pair both hit the back of the net in midweek.
Now Wilson, who has distanced himself from speculation linking the club with Danny Webber and Crawley Town’s Kyle McFadzean, is challenging his midfielders to be a more cohesive unit ahead of the Steel City derby.
Wilson has told The Star: “I didn’t think for the first 45 minutes against Rotherham that the midfield really dominated, which I expected them to and I think there is a lot more to come from that area.
“What the players did do was they dug in. They had to battle.
“There is not a lot of time and space in these games. You have to roll up your sleeves and have a go. If the time does come to pass it, you have to be able to understand when to do it and I think we can do that better.
“Saying that, they all worked their tails off. It was a very committed performance.
“It sets us up very nicely for the derby.”
Following the Preston postponement, United will not return to league duty until the October 16 derby against Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane..