Boss urges Blades to be positive

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SHEFFIELD United have been urged to go for the jugular when they entertain Rochdale this weekend.

Manager Danny Wilson was speaking after criticising his team’s first-half display during Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Torquay.

Wilson, who is waiting to discover if James Beattie will be declared fit enough to contest a place against Steve Eyre’s side, said: “We must try and be as positive as we can at all times.

“There were stages in that match when our passing was too negative and not up to its usual standards. That meant we created a few problems for ourselves.

“We sorted that out and must try to carry on in exactly the same manner.”

Although a calf injury wrecked Beattie’s hopes of featuring against Torquay, the problem is not understood to be serious.

The former England striker is set to be assessed shortly before Rochdale’s visit as Wilson seeks to ascertain whether he is ready to be named on the bench.

With United fifth in the League One table - only four points behind the automatic promotion places - Wilson said: “Of course there are things we can do better and areas where we can improve.

“That doesn’t bother me in the slightest because you should never, ever, stop trying to improve.

“What pleases me is that we have put ourselves in a good position and that, as far as I’m concerned, there is still plenty more to come from us.

“That can only be a positive from where I’m standing.

“It has to be a good thing.”

Rochdale travel east only one place above the relegation zone and Wilson added: “I’m always confident in the ability of the lads we’ve got here, but we mustn’t get cocky or carried away.”