SHEFFIELD United have been ordered to show Wycombe Wanderers no mercy tomorrow.
The South Yorkshire club’s latest opponents are languishing in the League One relegation zone after winning only one of their eight fixtures in the league so far this season.
Gareth Ainsworth, the Wanderers captain, admitted earlier this week that morale at Adams Park is dangerously low.
Despite warning his players not to under-estimate Gary Waddock’s side, United manager Danny Wilson has urged the visitors to ruthlessly exploit the first signs of brittle confidence.
“Wycombe will be fighting and they’ll be fighting hard because of the position they’re in at the moment,” he said.
“But if we can seize control of the game early on then we might see a very different Wycombe than if they find themselves with something to cling on to.
“Wycombe haven’t won for a while and they’ll view this game as an opportunity to make a statement and put themselves back on track.
“I know that’s how I’d be regarding it if I was in their shoes.”
Wilson, who could welcome midfielder Nick Montgomery back into his squad following a five-match absence through injury, added: “They got promoted last season and you don’t do that unless you’ve got good players.
“We’ll show them respect but I’d rather we put ourselves in a situation where they’re worried about us than the other way around by going down there and being positive.”
United are second in the table after being beaten just once – a 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town – in the league this term. They responded by beating Colchester by the same margin last weekend.
“You’re always going to get minor setbacks,” Wilson said. “It’s how you respond to those that shapes your season.”