Brace yourselves for assault Blades warned

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SHEFFIELD United’s players have been told to brace themselves for a series of furious onslaughts on their travels next season after manager Danny Wilson predicted his side will be one of League One’s most prized scalps.

Wilson, whose squad begin the 2011-12 campaign at Oldham Athletic this weekend, believes the warning also extends to Bramall Lane where visitors will be “desperate” to beat a team which, only five years ago, was preparing for top-flight competition.

“We’ll be one of the clubs the rest will be determined to try and beat,” he said. “Getting one over on Sheffield United will be a big feather in everyone else’s cap. That’s something we’ve got to be prepared for. There’s no point in complaining about it because we know what’s coming. It’s a situation that we’re going to have to deal with. We have to regard it as a challenge.”

United completed their preparations for their awkward encounter at Boundary Park when they hosted Blackpool yesterday. Chris Porter completed a fine first half for the hosts by netting just before the interval. But, despite dominating for long-periods, United were pegged back when Craig Sutherland netted during the closing stages. The result means they have won three, drawn two and lost one of their six games since being relegated from the Championship under Micky Adams’ stewardship last term.

Casting his mind towards Saturday’s meeting with opponents who finished 17th in League One last term, Wilson said: “Everything we’ve been doing for the past few weeks has been geared towards that one.

“We’ve put a lot of work in and, although there is still much to be done, hopefully we will get our rewards for that.

“Everything that we’ve set ourselves the task of achieving during pre-season by and large we have.

“But that shouldn’t disguise the fact that there are still strides we want to make.”