SHEFFIELD UNITED: ‘No fear,’ vows defiant Danny Wilson

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has rounded on critics who suggest his team’s miserable record in play-off competition mean its bid for Championship football is destined to fail.

United enter the first leg of their League One semi-final with Stevenage hoping to make it sixth time lucky in end-of-season knockout competition.

With the victors set to face either MK Dons or Huddersfield Town for the right to join Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday in the second tier next term, Wilson said: “If people want to be scared by the thought of going to Wembley and trying to win there then that’s up to them.

“I know I’m not and I know my squad isn’t either.

“I know all about what’s happened here in the past.

“How could I not? I get reminded of it about five times a day.

“But that’s history. It’s in the past and doesn’t have any bearing on what happens now.”

United, who could include midfielders David McAllister and Nick Montgomery in their plans at The Lamex Stadium tonight, host the return at Bramall Lane on Monday.

Despite United finishing three positions and 17 points higher than their sixth-placed opponents, Wilson acknowledged that Gary Smith’s side will pose a stern test.

But he vowed: “We want to go there and have a threat.

“We have never shirked the responsibility of trying to win.

“Look at how Blackpool took the game to Birmingham at St Andrews in the Championship play-offs the other night. That’s exactly our attitude. We want to take it to them.

“It’s a tight ground where the fans are right on top of you but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

“We’ve got great support but we must earn our stripes on the pitch.”