DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has admitted his players must be ready to sweat blood to win promotion this season.
Despite climbing to second in the League One table with 17 games remaining, Wilson last night refused to even acknowledge the South Yorkshire club are almost certainly assured of a play-off place at the end of the campaign.
But the former Northern Ireland international, whose in-depth knowledge of the division was among the reasons behind his appointment in May, did predict that even the slightest hint of complacency at Bramall Lane will be punished by United’s nearest rivals.
“We can’t carry anybody at this stage of the season,” Wilson said. “And, to their credit, nobody here is looking to be carried.
“They are defending and attacking together. If you want to achieve anything, you can’t have a team that’s dis-jointed and so we’ve got to try and maintain those standards.”
Wilson’s praise followed Tuesday’s win at Huddersfield Town which saw United, now 13 points ahead of seventh placed Carlisle, withstand an aerial bombardment after Neill Collins had scored the only goal of the contest in the first-half.
Insisting their performance in midweek must form the template when United host Preston North End today, Wilson added: “All we are thinking about is this game. If that sounds boring then I’m sorry but that’s the way it’s got to be.”