SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson insisted his players have come to terms with the weight of expectation being placed upon their shoulder this season.
But the former Northern Ireland international repeated his claim that League One opponents are still “inspired” by the prospect of facing a club which, only five years ago, was plying its trade in the top-flight.
Wilson issued the warning after learning that nearly five thousand United supporters could descend upon Gigg Lane for tomorrow’s visit to Bury.
“I think we embrace the crowd size (away from home) much better now,” he said. “It’s like a party atmosphere when the fans turn-up in such numbers and it definitely inspires us.
“But it can also inspire the home players and their fans too because of the atmosphere our following can create.
“But we’ve shown that we are capable of dealing with that and we have to carry on in the same vein. It’s certainly appreciated.”
United climbed to second in the table when they beat Yeovil Town 4-0 on Tuesday evening.
But Wilson dismissed claims the next two rounds of competition – which pit leaders Charlton Athletic against both United and their third-placed neighbours Sheffield Wednesday – will decide the promotion race.
“What’s it going to decide? Two games don’t decide anything,” he said.
“The next 20 games will decide something. Two won’t. Whatever happens.”
Having sold-out their initial allocation, United have been informed that another 2,000 tickets will be available for sale on the away turnstiles tomorrow.
Priced £18 adults, £15 young adults and £12 concessions, they must be purchased using cash.
Meanwhile, Wilson has thanked Elian Parrino for his professionalism behind the scenes despite allowing the Argentine defender to return to Estudiantes.
Parrino’s departure was announced on the same day that David McAllister, Erik Tonne, Jordan Chappell and Jack Adams all signed extended contracts.
Confirming that more United youngsters could soon be offered fresh terms, Wilson said: “Elian needs to play and, to be fair, I don’t think there are many full-backs who could knock Matty Lowton out of the team at the moment.
“It’s not fair on him just to be hanging around so he’ll go back but I sincerely want to thank him for what he’s done because he’s a smashing lad and he’s worked exceptionally hard.
“It’s been great to have him here. I really mean that. And we wish him all the best.”