SHEFFIELD UNITED: Bright pointers for Blades - Neill Collins

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NEILL Collins, the Sheffield United centre-half, believes Danny Wilson’s side have scored an early psychological victory in this season’s battle for promotion from League One.

Collins was a key figure in the team which reached the play-off final last term and despite acknowledging United must start turning “draws into wins” following Tuesday’s stalemate with Doncaster Rovers, insisted they head to Yeovil Town this weekend bristling with confidence.

He said: “There were a lot of positives from the Rovers game. We pinned them back, played with good tempo and got a clean sheet.

“They’ll definitely be in the top six come the end of the season and our record against the rest of of the top six teams last season wasn’t the best.

“We are Sheffield United and we want to win every game. But that’s arguably a very important point in that respect.”

Collins added: “People might say we’d be better off with a couple of defeats and a few more wins but psychologically, it feels good to be unbeaten, especially at Bramall Lane because we want that to be a fortress.

“And, if we can win at Yeovil, then that makes it a great start.”

United, sixth in the table with 11 points from seven games, triumphed 1-0 at Huish Park last season.

Gary Johnson’s return as manager has heralded an upturn in fortunes at the Somerset club and Collins, previously of Sunderland, Wolves and Leeds, said: “The fans here are fantastic. I’ve been at a few clubs now and here they really are great.

“Come Saturday they’ll be right behind us again and they know that, under this manager we’ll always be looking to do the right things.

“Last time out we went there and got the win out of a really tough, scrappy game.”