Sheffield United: Danny Wilson confronts poor form

Confident: United's Danny Wilson
Confident: United's Danny Wilson

DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has vowed his team will not shy away from its responsibilities as the battle for promotion from League One enters a critical phase, writes James Shield.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Notts County, Wilson revealed players had confronted the issues behind last weekend’s defeat by Yeovil Town when they reported back for training at Shirecliffe.

United head to Meadow Lane searching for a first win in the competition since Boxing Day and Wilson said: “The endeavour and work-rate, in certain areas, surprised me. So did the confidence in certain areas too.

“But we will get them through it. We’ve not had a problem with that in previous months and I don’t envisage having a problem with it again.

“Yes (against Yeovil) we were poor. There’s been some soul-searching going on of course, as there always is after a disappointment.”

Nevertheless, Wilson rounded on those critics who have suggested that, by expressing concerns about Bramall Lane playing surface, he was seeking to distract attention from United’s chequered home form.

With the match at County subject to a pitch inspection later this afternoon, Wilson added: “The pitch isn’t an excuse. It’s a fact.

“But endeavour and commitment is down to us. We’ve bounced back before and we’ll bounce back again.”

United, fourth in the table and six points behind leaders Tranmere Rovers, reported no fresh injury concerns yesterday. County, who are 14th, have won only once in their last eight outings.

Wilson, whose side beat the hosts 4-1 in the JP Trophy earlier this term, said: “The pressure is on County because they are at home but we’ll go there with an extra bit of grit.

“The weather is supposedly going to get bad but they are desperate to get the game on and are using triple covers.

“We are too because we want to bounce back.”

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