Sheffield United: Youthful Blades possess ingredients to go up

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has rejected suggestions his team lacks the experience required to challenge for promotion.

Wilson, whose side return to League One action at Yeovil Town this afternoon, made the claim in response to criticism which followed Tuesday’s stalemate with Doncaster Rovers.

Despite being held to a third successive draw, Wilson said: “That lack of experience can be replaced by enthusiasm. We might lack a bit of guile in certain areas.

“But the one thing the young lads will always give us is persistence.

“And they’ll learn and get better and better as the season goes on.”

United’s starting eleven against Rovers boasted an average age of just 26 even though Richard Cresswell, aged 34, was recalled at the expense of teenager John Cofie.

Gary Johnson, the Yeovil manager, has also assembled a young squad and Wilson warned: “Huish Park is always a very difficult place to go. It might not be the biggest ground in the division but it does create a good atmosphere.

“We know we’re going to have to work hard.”

United arrive in Somerset still unbeaten in league competition but hoping to record their first win since beating AFC Bournemouth three weeks ago.

“Now we all seem to form an opinion after just one game but there’s around 40 of them still to go,” Wilson said. “Obviously we’d have rather turned some (draws) into wins but, at this stage, we are okay.

“There’s absolutely nothing between the top and bottom of the table. We’ve maintained all along that it only really starts to take proper shape after about 12 games.”