Flair players will play a part, says Wilson

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Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has shown he will not sacrifice substance for style, despite vowing to transform the club’s ‘long ball’ image.

Wilson, speaking after Harry Maguire and Richard Cresswell’s goals ensured his reign got off to a winning start at Oldham Athletic, wants to usher in a new era of creativity at Bramall Lane. But the former Northern Ireland international, who took charge in May, also insists results come first.

Explaining his team selection, which saw Michael Doyle and Richard Cresswell preferred to Lee Williamson and Daniel Bogdanovic, Wilson said: “We needed to get off to a good start and we did that. There’s a time when you’ve got to be pragmatic and solid and this was one of them. That’s why a few of the flair players missed out. That’s not always going to be the case; there will be plenty of times over the course of the season when we’ll go about things differently.

“The lads played some good stuff but, first and foremost, we just didn’t want to give anything away here.”

Paul Dickov, Wilson’s rival across the technical area, praised the visitors.

He said: “Sheffield United is possibly the biggest club in League One. They’ll be everyone’s favourites for promotion and rightly so. And I am sure Danny is the right man to take the club back to where it belongs.”

Wilson hinted that, should finance allow, he could look to re-enter the transfer market saying: “When Lescinel Jean-Francois went down it was a worry because we didn’t have any more defenders for that spot.”