SHEFFIELD UNITED: Unbeaten Blades merit more praise, says Danny

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night claimed his side’s unbeaten start to the new League One season has not received the credit it deserves.

But Wilson, speaking ahead of today’s eagerly-anticipated fixture with second-placed Notts County, revealed the South Yorkshire club are more bothered about winning points than popularity contests this term.

Wilson said: “County have had a great start. Everyone is talking about them, they are full of confidence and quite rightly so.

“But they are three points in front of us. And that says it all.

“We’re not deliriously happy. But we are pleased with our progress.”

United are sixth in the table after winning three and drawing five of their opening eight games.

Midfielders Michael Doyle and Ryan Flynn could both return for the hosts after serving bans but Andre Boucaud is suspended for the visitors.

United ended their three-week wait for a win by beating Yeovil Town seven days ago.

Wilson repeated his warning that County could be “inspired” by the atmosphere at Bramall Lane - “You’ve only got to look at the results some of those who come here have got in the next match” - with three of the four teams to face United on home soil since August dropping points in their next outing.

Nevertheless, Wilson called upon the home crowd to make their presence felt as his charges look to record a third successive clean sheet.

“We’ve all seen before what an influence the fans can have on the players,” Wilson said. “Arguably this is going to be our toughest game so far and I hope it will be County’s too.”

“We had four strikers on the pitch at Yeovil. We’ll always try and be positive.

Wilson, whose side are targeting a third successive clean sheet, said. “We’ve got to defend like we have been doing but possibly try and have a little bit of an extra dimension going forward.”

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