SHEFFIELD United are ready for war at Tranmere Rovers, midfielder Kevin McDonald has claimed.
Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s League One encounter, which brings together the division’s fifth and sixth ranked teams, McDonald insisted it would be a grave mistake to interpret the visitors’ passing principles as a sign of weakness.
“We can work as hard as anyone,” the former Scotland under-21 international said. “If we do that and win the battle then our technical ability should shine through.
“But you need to earn the right to play and that’s what we’re preparing to do. You can’t always play free flowing football on the surfaces we’ve got at the moment and at this stage of the campaign.”
“Tranmere is going to be tough but we’re ready,” he added.
Today’s meeting with Ronnie Moore’s side is the first of nine games which could decide whether United, who fell behind their hosts following the postponement of last weekend’s fixture against Brentford, are playing Championship football next term.
Wilson’s charges, trailing leaders Doncaster Rovers by seven points but with two matches in hand, complete the Bank Holiday programme when Carlisle arrive at Bramall Lane on Monday.
McDonald said: “You needs to look forward to this. You should be happy with the pressure because it means you’ve got a chance to achieve something and go up.
“I’ve been at clubs where, for different reasons, there’s also massive pressure and, let me tell you, that’s much better than being somewhere where nobody really cares what happens or what you do.
“I know what I’d rather have. The same goes for the rest of the lads.”