SHEFFIELD UNITED: Danny Wilson: Points better than plaudits

Match-winner: Nick Blackman celebrates his goal.  Picture: martyn harrison
Match-winner: Nick Blackman celebrates his goal. Picture: martyn harrison

SHEFFIELD UNITED manager Danny Wilson insisted points, not performances, are the priority at Bramall Lane following last night’s win over Walsall.

Nick Blackman’s penalty ensured United’s unbeaten record in League One this season remained intact against opponents who saw Dean Holden dismissed during the opening exchanges.

Wilson said: “I don’t think people understand the respect we hold for the teams who come here.

“When you come to our place the expectation levels are so high people think you are going to wipe the floor with teams, but it doesn’t work that way. We know what some of these lads are capable of.

“Yes, we got a scrappy win but that might go a long way towards us being successful.”

Wilson, whose team remain third in the table, added: “That was a great three points. End of story.

“We didn’t reach the heights we can but we ground it out.

“And, I’ve got to say, Walsall were fantastic.”

Dean Smith, the Walsall manager, claimed United should also have been reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper George Long darted off his line to challenge Will Grigg.

“He’s gone clean through ourlad,” said Smith, whose claim the visitors “deserved a draw” was not without merit.

“But you don’t expect to get those decisions here. I’ve got no complaints about our sending-off though. It was the correct decision.”

Meanwhile Jordan Chapell celebrated his Burton Albion debut by scoring during their draw with Port Vale.

The young United midfielder is scheduled to spend a month on loan with the League Two club.Wilson said:

“Jordan will learn so much from going there.”