SHEFFIELD United have been told to present a show of solidarity at Stevenage on Saturday.
The order, issued by manager Danny Wilson, comes after he accused his team of gifting Exeter City easy goals during last weekend’s 4-4 draw.
With United’s next opponents boasting a fearsome reputation for their uncompromising style, the former Northern Ireland midfielder acknowledged that any deviation from the tactics coaching staff devise could prove costly at Broadhall Way.
“It’s all about being reliable,” Wilson, who won 24 international caps, said. “If I’m playing I want to know exactly where the other players out there on the pitch are.
“I want to know exactly what they are doing and that they are actually going to do it, what positions they are taking up and how they are going to respond to situations.
“That’s what you want.”
United travel to Hertfordshire fourth in the League One table but trail leaders Charlton Athletic by eight points having twice thrown away the lead against Paul Tisdale’s side.
Stevenage, who were promoted last season, are 10th following their 2-1 triumph at Bury.
Wilson will combine his campaign to encourage personal responsibility within United’s squad with efforts to identify targets capable of strengthening the options at coaching staff’s disposal should Blackpool duo Billy Clarke and Matt Phillips return to Bloomfield Road when their loans expire following next week’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Bradford City. A goalkeeper and a centre-half are understood to be Wilson’s main priorities.
However, he conceded before Exeter’s arrival that being relegated from the Championship last season has stretched financial resources at Bramall Lane.
United will extend their unbeaten run to seven games if they avoid defeat at Stevenage.
Meanwhile, Wilson has warned Oxford United, managed by former United defender Chris Wilder, will pose a huge threat to his team’s hopes of reaching the FA Cup second-round.
The two sides face each other in the first round later this month at Bramall Lane and Wilson said: “I know how much the game will mean to their manager.
“It’s good to be at home but we will get a really good test against Oxford who are going really well in League Two.”