A ROUTE to Wembley or pathway littered with potential pitfalls?
There are two schools of thought about the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and, as Sheffield United prepare to make their bow in the tournament tonight, there is no doubt as to which school of thought Danny Wilson subscribes.
“If it’s a game of football then we want to win it,” he said.
“It’s as simple as that.”
With his squad still looking vulnerable in several areas should injury, loss of form or suspension bite, Wilson could be forgiven for viewing this evening’s first round tie at Burton Albion as an irritating addition to the fixture calendar.
But he is firmly of the belief that progressing to the later stages of this controversial competition would have a positive effect upon performances in League One where United stand third in the table ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Bury.
“If you are in a winning habit then you want to stay in it,” the United manager said.
“And if you’re not then you want to get in one as quick as possible so, either way, the target remains the same.”
With Wilson’s room for manoeuvre limited - regulations stipulate that six recognised first-team names must feature on the team sheet against Paul Peschisolido’s side - United are expected to dispatch a strong squad into action at the Pirelli Stadium.
Daniel Bogdanovic, Danny Philliskirk and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing will be hoping for recalls after being omitted from the starting eleven at Yeovil Town last weekend.
Midfielder Nick Montgomery is definitely out after damaging ankle ligaments during that match.
“Monty doesn’t appear to have broken any bones which is good news,” a United spokesman said last night. “But he is still expected to be missing for around a month or so.”