sheffield United got off to a flying start with victory over Shrewsbury, achieved by David McAllister’s early goal.
A brand new League One season but Sheffield United’s objectives remain the same.
Danny Wilson has readily acknowledged that, having come agonisingly close three months ago, his players are expected to deliver promotion come April.
And also perform with style.
There is, of course, no better way to settle the nerves than score an early goal.
With less than five minutes gone, McALLISTER dutifully obliged.
The midfielder, enjoying a rare opportunity at first team level against the team he represented with distinction last term, showed the tenacity and determination which made him such a hit during that loan spell at Greenhous Meadow to prod Williams’ cross beyond a helpless Weale.
Wilson, watching events unfold from the touchline, punched the air.
Blackman, who had scored with his first touch against Burton Albion last weekend, demonstrated the pace and power that persuaded Wilson to lure him away from Blackburn Rovers as the quarter-of-an-hour mark approached.
He shaped ominously but, on this occasion, shot wide.
Half-time: United 1 Shrewsbury 0
Given the progress Town had made towards the end of the first period, United started the second fortunate to be in front.
Turner’s men were winning the battle in midfield - often over-running McDonald and Doyle despite their best efforts to stem to tide - while both Wright and Purdie had been guilty of spurning excellent chances.
Nevertheless, United had also played some fine stuff.
Only, in short bursts rather than concerted spells.
Wilson will not have been too disappointed with his charges’ contribution so far.
But, as he acknowledged earlier this week, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
United held on despite coming under increasing pressure.
Howard flung himself to divert Parry’s well-timed strike behind for a corner which was cleared and Doyle made an excellent block during a melee on the edge of the six yard box.
Three precious and hard earned points.