SHEFFIELD United are bracing themselves for another bruising League One encounter today as they prepare for their first ever meeting with Yeovil Town.
Although Danny Wilson has made no secret of the fact that he wants to transform the way football is played at Bramall Lane, he warned supporters it could take some time for his plan to take effect amid the hurly burly of life in England’s third tier.
United, who travelled south last night, are third in the table after winning three and drawing one of their four outings in the competition so far this term, have wasted little time acclimatising to life outside the Championship after being relegated.
Wilson remains committed to the idea that teams can play rather than bludgeon their way towards success but conceded circumstances could dictate his principles take longer to implement than desired.
“It’s always tough at the start of any season,” he said. “That’s because everyone still believes they have a chance of getting promotion and everyone has pretty much all of their players available.
“That belief, coupled with the fact that everyone is fresh, means it’s a fight.
“When everything settles down a bit, when there’s been quite a few games, then you usually see things unfolding a little more.”
United suffered their first defeat of the Wilson era when they were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Everton in midweek.
Captain Nick Montgomery missed the second-round tie with a stomach bug although United are hopeful he will recover in time for the match in Somerset.
United’s team spirit and all-rond display earned the respect of their opponents en route to that 3-1 reverse. Having trod the boards at Goodison Park, are set to come back down to earth with a bump when they arrive at Yeovil’s compact Huish Park stadium.
Dismissing suggestions that a sense of anti-climax could pervade his camp, Wilson said: “There’s no way that should happen.
“We’ve already had battles against Oldham, Brentford, Walsall and Tranmere so it’s not as if we don’t know what to expect. We know exactly what’s coming.
“And, in any case, I think Everton was good preparation because, as well as having lots of quality and skill, Premier League players are very, very powerful.
“Everton combined the two, as I knew they would.
“There’s no way we should feel disappointed by what happened there, even though we travelled intent on coming away with a result.
“The lads acquitted themselves well.”
Having named Richard Cresswell as a lone striker against Everton, Wilson must decide whether to restore Jordan Slew or Chris Porter to his starting XI today.
Ryan Flynn could also come into contention after making his comeback from injury on Merseyside while fellow forwards Chris Porter and Daniel Bogdanovic appeared as second-half substitutes.
“Make no mistake, Yeovil are a good team,” said Wilson.
“But we are going down there confident that we can cause them problems too.”