DANNY Wilson has warned his Sheffield United charges to be wary of suffering an FA Cup first-round exit when they travel to Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
And the Blades boss is also expecting a warm reception at the Memorial Stadium - after a spell as manager of the Pirates’ arch-rivals, Bristol City, at the turn of the Millennium.
“It will certainly be warm!” Wilson told the Telegraph when asked about his upcoming return to Bristol.
“To be fair, the fans down there were always very good with me. We had a lot of rivalry of course, and so I got a bit of stick, but it was all good banter and was never nasty. We had a good rapport.
“They’re good fans down in Bristol, and I’m sure they’re very much looking forward to a club like ourselves going down - with one or two old faces they can rip apart, like me and Matty Hill.”
Hill, too, had a spell at Bristol City - making over 200 appearances for his hometown club.
He is now, however, very much a fixture in the United side which has still to taste defeat in normal time this season.
United were dumped out of the Capital One Cup earlier this season, on penalties against Burton Albion after drawing 2-2 after extra time, and Wilson is keen to avoid another shock exit against League Two opposition.
“You’ve seen in the early stages of any cup competition, be it the FA Cup, League Cup or even Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, that there are always shocks and exits, for some reason,” Wilson added.
“They’re always tough to get through, so we have to approach it in the manner which we approach every game.
“We don’t want a banana skin in front of us; we want to get through the tie.
“You’ve seen teams in our league lift their game against us, so we’re certainly expecting that to happen from the league below. We’re taking this tie seriously.”
United, meanwhile, are holding a forum at Bramall Lane on November 8 to discuss any issues from supporters. Supporters are urged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure their place.