AS his first three-and-half months at the helm prove, Danny Wilson is not one for grand gestures.
But having seen Sheffield United make a superb start to the new League One season – winning five and drawing one of their six outings so far – even this most temperate of managers has admitted things are progressing pretty nicely at Bramall Lane.
United, Wilson acknowledged last night, are still nowhere near exploiting all of the potential he believes exist within their ranks.
But, the former Northern Ireland international insisted, the portents are good ahead of this weekend’s visit to Scunthorpe.
“Personally, I always look at seasons in blocks of six matches,” Wilson revealed after Saturday’s 4-0 rout of Bury. “We’ve surpassed the number of points we wanted from them and I’m not going to deny it.
“But, being honest, all that does is make our task even harder now.
“Teams are going to look at the start we’ve had and become doubly determined to stop us in our tracks.”
Richie Barker, one of the most promising young coaches in the game, has constructed an ambitious and technically proficient squad at Gigg Lane.
But after watching United condemn the Lancastrians to their heaviest defeat since April 2010, he admitted: “The only consolation I can take is that we won’t be coming back here again this season.”
Having been courted by a number of Championship clubs, including Blackpool, on transfer deadline day, Stephen Quinn’s continued presence in South Yorkshire has naturally dominated the news agenda in S2.
Despite describing the midfielder as “pivotal,” Wilson dismissed the notion that Quinn is solely responsible for United’s resurgence following last season’s relegation.
“What I really liked about our performance against Bury was the passing tempo,” he said.
“It was nice and crisp and that’s what we want to see.
“I was also pleased with the fact that we didn’t seem satisfied with just two goals.
“We showed a willingness to go on and get more.”
“There’s still a lot of work to be done but hopefully, if we continue to show the same application, then we will keep on getting better the more we work with one another,” added Wilson.
“It is still quite early days but obviously we are pleased with the start we’ve made.
“That does not mean it’s going to get easier though or that we can start to take our foot off the pedal.
With no midweek fixture scheduled, United will combine preparations for the trip to Glanford Park with implementing a series of tailor-made fitness programmes for the likes of Chris Porter and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
Kevin McDonald, who has been absent since the 3-2 victory over Walsall, is continuing to receive treatment on his injured ankle.
“He’s been doing some work and so we’ll see how he goes,” added the United manager.
“We’re not going to rush him.”