Danny Wilson has issued a stark warning to his Sheffield United players as they prepare to host Walsall at Bramall Lane tonight.
The Blades boss, who is unlikely to have Ryan Flynn or Chris Porter at his disposal due to injury, expects the Saddlers to provide stern opposition as they target a third league win on the bounce.
And Wilson is guarding against complacency ahead of the meeting and is calling on the team to maintain their positive approach to end Walsall’s unbeaten start to the season.
“Everyone expects us to win handsomely against Walsall but if we go into the arena with that type of attitude we will have a problem,” said Wilson. “We have to work hard and earn the right to play.
“We have still got a lot of work to do. We are not anywhere near the finished article but we can get there. The lovely thing about the boys is that they are very responsive and I think they want to implement what we are asking them to do. There are still areas where we can get better and that is what we are working on.”
Wilson insists he has still not received any approaches for his prized assets, including midfielder duo Nick Montgomery and Stephen Quinn.
He said: “I have had no phone calls. I still expect it but I don’t want it to come. It is pointless worrying about it. It is not something we can control. We will have to wait and see what happens.”
United have been paired with Paul Peschisolido’s Burton Albion in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round draw.
Wilson’s men are scheduled to make their debut in the tournament the week commencing August 29.
“I can tell you now that the JPT is a priority for me,” he said. “Exactly the same as every other game we play.”