SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has fired the first shot in the psychological war surrounding this weekend’s crucial League One encounter with AFC Bournemouth, writes James Shield.
Wilson, speaking ahead of Saturday’s visit to Goldsands Stadium, claimed the pressure surrounding a match set to exert huge influence over the race for promotion will not prevent his players from adopting a positive approach.
“We aren’t going to put restrictions on anybody,” Wilson said. “There’s nothing complicated about football or footballers.
“It’s only when you start putting constraints on people, asking them not to play their normal game, that it becomes complex.
“We’ve got trust in their ability. They’re good professionals and talented ones too.
“We don’t want people to be afraid of making a mistake. Quite the opposite in fact.
“The only time there’s a problem is if people don’t try something they’re capable of.
“We trust them to make the right decisions out there on the pitch because they’ve got it withing themselves to do that.”
Having seen United win their last three outings, Wilson rounded on those critics who had suggested a disappointing run of form over the festive period had derailed their bid for the Championship.
“The league doesn’t end at Christmas,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to go the distance.
“There are always twists and turns. Some of those around us are starting to feel the pressure now.”