SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson last night revealed he wants to drive a wedge between Hartlepool and their supporters during tonight’s League One encounter at Victoria Park.
But Wilson, whose team remain unbeaten in the competition this season, warned his players that proud record will be shattered if they take victory for granted against Neale Cooper’s side.
Wilson’s former club are 23rd in the table following a miserable start to the new campaign and the 52-year-old made no apology for attempting to exploit their fragile confidence.
“Football isn’t a game that has any sympathy,” Wilson told The Star. “So you try and take any advantage that you can.
“It’s always a very hostile atmosphere up there and the Hartlepool fans are very supportive of their lads.
“But if things aren’t going right then they’ll also let them know. It goes without saying we hope that’s going to be the case.”
Wilson led Hartlepool to promotion during a 30-month spell in the North-east four years ago and he added: “What I also know is that we’ve got to go up there and earn the right.
“Hartlepool’s position in the rankings hasn’t even been mentioned during our preparations because it’s irrelevant. We know what they’re capable of and we know how dangerous they can be. We’ve got to go up there and show character and self-belief.”
United slipped to eighth when they drew with Notts County but Wilson, who confirmed on-loan winger Paul Gallagher (hamstring) is a doubt, said: “If we replicate that performance then we’ll achieve what we want to achieve. I thought it was fantastic.”