Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has reaffirmed his commitment to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy ahead of this evening’s visit to neighbours Rotherham.
Despite acknowledging that gaining promotion from League One is United’s number-one priority, the former Northern Ireland midfielder last night remained adamant that reaching the quarter-final stage of the tournament can only have a positive impact on results elsewhere.
With this weekend’s visit to Preston North End cancelled due to international commitments, United’s outing at Don Valley Stadium has now become their final rehearsal ahead of the Steel City derby with Sheffield Wednesday.
Wilson said: “This competition is seen as a pain by some but then, when the chance to play at Wembley starts looming, they suddenly start to get very excited about it.
“If people are prepared to put their money in to it then they deserve to have it taken seriously. If it’s worth entering then it’s worth trying to win, surely?
“If it is a distraction then I don’t see why is shouldn’t become a positive distraction if you like.”
With competition rules limiting his room for selection manoeuvre, Wilson confirmed he will name a strong side against opponents also looking to bounce back from defeat.
While United were losing 2-0 to Charlton Athletic, Andy Scott’s men found themselves beaten at Port Vale.
“We know they’re going to be difficult opponents,” said Wilson.
Teams and ref
MILLERS (possible) Warrington; Tonge, Raynes, Bradley, Newey; Schofield, Harrison, Taylor, Pringle; Holroyd, Revell (4-4-2).
BLADES (possible): Long, Jean-Francois, Collins, Maguire, Lowton, Tonne, Montgomery, Doyle, Mendez-Laing, Cresswell, Evans (4-4-2).
Gary Sutton: The Lincolnshire official averages nearly three cautions per game.