DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, described Saturday’s defeat at Brentford as a ‘wake-up call’ for some of his players.
United suffered only their second loss of the season when first-half goals from Clayton Donaldson and Harry Forrester propelled Uwe Rosler’s side to a sixth win in eight games.
But Wilson, despite refusing to press the panic button, said: “It annoys me when people dismiss League One as a waste of time, being full of pub teams.
“We take nothing for granted because we know there are some very good teams in this league.
“It hurts and one or two of them might have to open their eyes and smell the coffee a bit because we need to always play with the intensity that we did in the second-half as that’s what people will always have against us.”
Wilson added: “All we were lacking in the end was putting the ball in the back of the net.
“We started the early goal gave them the impetus. They change the complexion of games.
“Second-half, we created more than enough to have come away with something.”
Wilson revealed United had taken a calculated gamble by restoring Tony McMahon and Matt Hill to the starting 11 following hamstring complaints.
But he confirmed striker Dave Kitson has yet to shrug-off a similar problem.
“We needed the experience in there,” he said. “The players told us they were okay.
“They know better than anyone and you go with that but Dave is still feeling his hamstring a little bit.”