Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has admitted his team cannot afford to give Everton “an inch” during tomorrow’s Carling Cup clash at Goodison Park.
The League One club head to Merseyside looking to prolong their unbeaten start to the new campaign against opponents beset by off-the-pitch problems.
Wilson has vowed not to sacrifice success in knockout competitions in order to focus on promotion.
And, speaking ahead of the second round tie, he warned his players that a strong start could hold the key to their chances of claiming a prized scalp.
“It’s going to be tough,” Wilson said. “We know that and we also know that we can’t afford to give anything away.
“We certainly can’t afford to go two goals down like we did (against Walsall recently) and expect to come back and win the game.
“Well, it wouldn’t be impossible but it’s not a position we would want to find ourselves in. The lads at the back have been great so far and we want that to continue.
“But, to be fair, we’ve defended strongly right the way through the team, from back to front, and that’s going to have to continue.”
“We want to give our opponents as little as possible, whoever they are.”
United will give a late fitness test to Stephen Quinn before travelling to the North-west.
Wilson complained the midfielder had been “kicked from pillar to post” during Saturday’s draw with Tranmere Rovers.
Ryan Flynn (hamstring) and new signing Kevin McDonald (ankle) will also be hoping to return.
“As far as I’m concerned, I want to go as far as I possibly can in every competition,” said Wilson.
“What’s the point in taking part in a match and not being bothered what you get out of it?
“That’s not the way I want us to go about things and it’s not the way our fans want us to go about things either.”