SHEFFIELD United return to the familiar territory of Bramall Lane on Saturday with manager Danny Wilson insisting: “Our future remains in our own hands.”
Wilson’s charges, who are clinging on to second place in the League One table and are two points ahead of their Steel City rivals Wednesday, emerged from a difficult period of three away games within a week relatively unscathed.
A topsy-turvy defeat at Walsall, which saw United equalise twice only to lose 3-2, was followed by an impressive 2-0 victory at Play-Off chasing Brentford and a 1-1 draw at ninth-placed Colchester, who now haven’t lost at home since January.
United entertain Tranmere Rovers at Bramall Lane on Saturday before another potentially difficult away clash on Tuesday night against Notts County – reborn under the tutelage of former United defender and assistant manager Keith Curle.
Further tricky trips to two of Wilson’s former clubs, MK Dons and Hartlepool, also lay in wait for the Championship-chasing Blades. “We’ve got a home game
coming up at the weekend and a lot of the others are away but at the moment, our destiny is in our own hands,” said Wilson.
He admits that, with 10 games remaining and Dave Jones’ Wednesday breathing down their necks, they may lose their advantage at some stage.
But, pointing to the availability of experienced professionals such as James Beattie and Richard Cresswell, Wilson believes his squad has the mental capacity to cope with a season climax that may go right to the wire.
“Characters such as James, Richard and Nick (Montgomery) certainly help,” Wilson added. “They are vital because of the steadying influence they bring. With professionals like those around I know the dressing room is in good hands.”
Wilson’s biggest dilemma for the Tranmere game is deciding who should partner leading goalscorer Ched Evans in attack. Chris Porter has started the last two games, and Cresswell and Beattie are also options.
The United manager also forcibly denied national newspaper reports linking midfielder Lee Williamson with Championship side Burnley. Wilson said there was ‘no chance’ of a suggested loan deal being sanctioned.
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