DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has warned League One rivals Scunthorpe that his team will not be suffering from a derby hangover when they meet at Bramall Lane tomorrow.
United remained second in the table despite suffering an agonising defeat to arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
But Wilson told Alan Knill’s side that United are determined not to wallow in self-pity when they return to action for the first time since their 1-0 reverse at Hillsborough.
“The most important match is always the next match,” he said.
“There’s nothing to be gained from dwelling on things. You assess, take stock and move on.
“We prefer to look forward rather than back; concentrate on things that we can influence rather than worry about stuff that’s beyond our control.”
United are still two points ahead of their neighbours and nearest rivals despite seeing Chris O’Grady’s 73rd-minute goal claim bragging rights for the blue and white half of the Steel City on Sunday afternoon.
Fourth-placed Huddersfield Town, beaten by United earlier this month, trail Wilson’s men by a further two but will reduce that deficit if they post a positive result at Stevenage this evening.
With Kevin McDonald nursing a hamstring complaint, Wilson must decide whether to reshuffle his midfield or name the same quartet which started against Wednesday.
Ryan Flynn, a summer signing from Falkirk, will be hoping for a recall.
“Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that you are going to lose football matches,” Wilson, speaking before United’s visit to Hillsborough, said.
“We’d all prefer that wasn’t the case and we don’t have to like it but it is and so it’s how you respond that counts.
“We’re in a division where, as we’ve seen, there are a lot of upsets and that teams all through (the competition) can, on their day, beat almost anyone else.
“But my players have shown great character before and so, when it happens, I’ve got no doubts they’ll show the same professionalism again.”
Scunthorpe are expected to include Paul Reid in their squad despite the defender breaking his nose for the second time in eight days during their goalless draw with Brentford.
“I’d be very, very surprised if Reidy doesn’t play,” Chris Brass, Scunthorpe’s assistant manager, said. “He’s got character.”