Blades boss refuses to become a card counter

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DANNY Wilson will not order his players to adopt a cautious approach during Tuesday’s League One fixture with Notts County despite admitting several members of Sheffield United’s squad are walking a disciplinary tightrope.

Midfielder Lee Williamson misses the match after collecting his fifth caution of the season at Bournemouth last weekend, with Michael Doyle and Richard Cresswell among those also on the verge of suspensions under the totting-up procedure.

But Wilson, whose side will be looking to record their seventh straight win when they entertain the visitors from Meadow Lane, rubbished suggestions United are a dirty team.

Instead, the United manager insisted: “I think the lads have shown great discipline and restraint. In the current climate it’s not that hard to get five.

“Actually, I think it’s pretty remarkable that we’ve got this far without getting more bans.

“It’s not something we’ve talked about. We’ve not had a word with anyone.”

Wilson added: “In any case, you’re always at the mercy of what the officials deem is acceptable and what isn’t.”

Meanwhile, Wilson has explained why goalkeeping coach Paul Crichton missed the trip to Dorset. Darren Ward, who usually works with United’s academy, performed touchline duties at the Seward Stadium.

“If we have adequate cover then I’m always happy for my staff to go out and watch games that are of relevance to us,” Wilson said. “In fact, I like them to do it because I value and trust their opinions.

“That’s what Paul was doing.”

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