SHEFFIELD United are bracing themselves for another bruising League One encounter at Wycombe Wanderers today.
But despite ordering his players to fight fire with fire, Danny Wilson has warned against being dragged into a war of attrition.
Instead, having admitted “that extra little bit of quality” has allowed the visitors to win six of their opening nine outings in the competition so far this term, the United manager revealed last night that his players must not shy away from expressing themselves in the claustrophobic confines of Adams Park.
“If people don’t try something then that’s when they’re going to get a rollicking,” Wilson said.
“We don’t want our players being afraid to make a mistake.
“That’s not the way we like to do things here. You get a lot of footballers who can pass the ball sideways and backwards.
“But you never know what you might have in your locker unless you’re ready to do something that’s a little bit different. If people do try things then they might surprise themselves.”
United travelled to Buckinghamshire second in the table after recovering from their 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield by beating Colchester by the same margin seven days ago. Relegated from the Championship last season, the South Yorkshire club will be playing at a ground which also hosts rugby union outfit London Wasps.
With spells at Swindon Town, Hartlepool and MK Dons on his coaching CV, Wilson is well-versed in the challenges United might face in such a compact stadium where they will encounter opponents languishing in the relegation zone.
“It can be difficult to play down there,” he said. “The crowd is right on top of the players and because of that it can be quite intimidating.”
With midfielders Michael Doyle and Kevin McDonald dovetailing perfectly against John Ward’s side, Wilson could grant captain Nick Montgomery an extra week’s rest despite him recovering from the ankle problem he sustained last month.