DANNY Wilson is encouraged by the ruthless streak which has enabled Sheffield United to go eight hours without conceding a goal, writes James Shield.
United’s defence has not been breached since the second-half of last month’s League One fixture at Shrewsbury Town and they will enter this weekend’s visit of MK Dons searching for a sixth successive clean sheet.
Wilson, whose side remained second following Saturday’s win over Oldham Athletic, said: “That tells you a lot about how hard the lads are working and how hard they are fighting. They don’t want to give anything away.
“Obviously the boys at the back deserve a huge amount of credit for that. But to go so long is only possible if everyone in the team, no matter what their position, is prepared to dig-in and help out.
“We’re defending from the front and that’s great to see because it shows they are all in it together.”
“If you know you can be solid then that gives you a great platform to build on,” added Wilson. “It also gives you the confidence you need going forward too.
“But it only comes from hard work and that’s what we’ve got to keep on doing. Working hard to try and get to where we want to be.”
Meanwhile, Diego De Girolamo has reported for international duty with Italy under-18’s ahead of their meeting with Austria tomorrow. The Star, who first revealed the Azzurrini’s interest in De Girolamo earlier this year, reported in January that Arrigo Saachi had personally intervened to ensure coach Alberigo Evani secured the youngster’s services despite interest from England.
De Girolamo made his second appearance for United since returning from the Granatkin Memorial Cup tournament in Russia during their draw with Leyton Orient seven days ago.