SHEFFIELD UNITED: ‘Be ruthless,’ Danny Wilson tells Blades

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Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson wants his team to be ruthless in their pursuit of promotion from League One.

Having spent over two months seemingly destined to secure a top-two finish, Wilson’s side play their final match of the season at Exeter City this weekend knowing even a win might not be enough to clinch the runners-up berth behind Charlton Athletic.

Wilson, who challenged his players to not “feel sorry” for themselves if they enter the play-offs, said: “If that’s the route we have to take then so be it. We’ll go in believing we are good enough to win them.

Wilson added: “That’s the attitude we’ll have; one where we take care of ourselves rather than worry what anyone else is doing.”

Wilson was referring to Saturday’s match at St James’ Park where United must better Sheffield Wednesday’s result against Wycombe to climb above their rivals in the table.

Strikers Richard Cresswell and James Beattie hope their impressive cameos against Stevenage four days ago will be rewarded with starting roles against Exeter after Wilson acknowledged Chris Porter’s partnership with Michael O’Halloran had failed to spark.

“It’s new,” Wilson acknowledged. “So there are always bound to be some teething problems.”

United reserves secured the Central Division title yesterday after drawing with Nottingham Forest.