DANNY Wilson has dismissed claims that reaching the later stages of the FA Cup could hinder Sheffield United’s progress in League One.
United, who were paired with either Birmingham City or Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth-round draw, play their fifth game in only 15 days when they entertain Yeovil Town tonight.
Despite the gruelling schedule, Wilson elected not to rest key members of his squad when Salisbury City visited Bramall Lane on Saturday.
But the manager once again rubbished suggestions that success in knockout competition could come at a price, saying: “People keep asking me that but it’s not done us any harm so far has it?
“It’s not affected us as far as I can see.
“Quite the opposite. Winning games is what breeds confidence. Losing them certainly doesn’t.”
United will climb to second in the table if they complete the double over Town this evening.
Chris Porter, whose return to form as United enter a crucial phase of their campaign has been welcomed by coaching staff, scored the only goal of the game when the two teams locked horns at Huish Park five months ago.
Porter arrived in South Yorkshire on a free transfer soon after Wilson’s appointment last summer and scored his second in three outings during the victory over City.
One of Wilson’s biggest concerns at present is the state of United’s pitch.
He absolved groundstaff of any responsibility for its deterioration - “I’m told it always happens at this time of year because of problems with the light”.
But Wilson said: “I’m bothered because it played a part in Salisbury scoring a goal.
“Fortunately we were three up at the time but the ball bobbled-up when one of our lads tried to control it and fell nicely for one of their players.”