PERSPECTIVE can sometimes be an ugly word in the modern game.
At 7.45pm on Tuesday evening, Sheffield United were locked on course for an immediate return to the Championship.
Two hours later and, according to some critics, they are now destined to spend the next few seasons marooned in League One.
Danny Wilson cut a calm and composed figure immediately after that 3-0 home defeat by Huddersfield Town.
And, during his pre-match media briefing ahead of Colchester’s visit tomorrow, the United manager was once again in phlegmatic mood as he plotted a course through the conflicting opinions provoked by his team’s first real setback of the new campaign.
“What do I hope we are going to do differently? Well, win of course,” said the boss.
“Huddersfield, as we acknowledged beforehand, are a damn good side and whoever finishes above them is going to get promoted.
“But, I tell you what, there were two good teams out there during that match.
“I thought some of the football we played was fantastic at times and we opened up one of the best teams at this level on numerous occasions.
“The difference was they took their chances and we didn’t make enough of our breaks.
“But the confidence of the lads here is still fantastic. Why wouldn’t it be?”
United slipped to second in the table having suffered only their second reverse of the Wilson era while Lee Clark’s side, now unbeaten in the competition since December, climbed to third.
Last month’s loss at Everton in the Carling Cup was easily explained given the wealth of talent manager David Moyes had at his disposal.
Despite his relaxed demeanour, Wilson nevertheless admitted to subjecting United’s performance against Town to forensic levels of scrutiny as he looks for a response against opponents known for their tough, uncompromising approach.
Acknowledging that former Rotherham centre-forward Alan Lee had “bullied” his defence during an absorbing Yorkshire derby, Wilson said: “It’s not a problem that I’ve identified as being an issue because lots of teams have been physical and we’ve stood up to it well.
“Alan flouted the rules every now and then but that’s not a criticism.
“Far from it, because it’s something I wish our lads would do a little bit more of at times.”
Colchester, who are 14th, travel north on the back of a 1-1 draw at Brentford.
“Our fans have been great,” said Wilson.
“They’ve been patient and seem appreciative of what we’re doing, which is good because I don’t want my players to be afraid of mistakes.”
Teams and refs
SHEFFIELD UNITED (possible): Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Collins, Williams, Mendez-Laing, Doyle, McDonald, Quinn, Porter, Cresswell (4-4-2).
COLCHESTER UNITED (possible): Cousins, Okuonghae, Heath, Wilson, Izzett, Gillespie, Wordsworth, James, Coker, Odejayi, Henderson (4-4-2).
Darren Deadman: Issued four red cards in his first three outings of the 2011/12 campaign. Last took charge of a match at Bramall Lane in February.
One to watch
Anthony Wordsworth: Progressed through the ranks in Essex. The versatile midfielder impressed during Colchester’s draw with Brentford on Tuesday. Manager John Ward admitted the 22-year-old is one of those players at his disposal capable of changing a game in an instant. Was named the visitors’ Young Player of the Year in 2010.
Colchester drew their last visit to Bramall Lane - 2-2 - in August 2007 before the return at Layer Road later that season ended in the same scoreline. United have won four of their previous eight meetings with tomorrow’s opponents on home soil, netting 15 goals in the process.