Sheffield United: Boss Wilson bigs up Blades winning mentality

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DANNY Wilson has warned Sheffield United’s League One rivals that his team will not be thrown off course by mind games.

Speaking ahead of today’s visit to Leyton Orient, the former Northern Ireland international insisted players such as Michael Doyle, Richard Cresswell and Dave Kitson have helped foster a winning mentality behind the scenes at Bramall Lane.

“You always notice that the bigger teams, the bigger players, have big performances on big occasions,” Wilson said.

“I think they enjoy them because they’ve got that presence about them.”

But Wilson, whose side are still unbeaten in league competition this term, insisted those words should not be interpreted as an admission that egos exist within United’s camp.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Wilson said. “If lads like Kits and Paul (Gallagher) were like that then they wouldn’t be here for a start because we do our homework thoroughly.

“Not to mention that the rest of the lads would very quickly bring them down off their perch.

“They wouldn’t stand for anyone like that at all because you’ve got to fit in.”

Meanwhile, United’s under-18s now face Sheffield Wednesday this morning at Middlewood Road rather than Shirecliffe (kick-off 11am).

The two clubs meet in under-21 competition at Hillsborough on Tuesday (KO 7pm).