DANNY Wilson has revealed his admiration for Colchester United as promotion-chasing Sheffield United target their first away victory of the season this afternoon.
The Blades chief is refusing to underestimate the threat the U’s will pose at the Weston Homes Community Stadium and is full of praise for rival boss John Ward.
Wilson said: “Colchester will be a difficult test. They have a manager in John Ward who knows this division inside out. He’s very experienced. I wouldn’t single out any of their players in particular. That’s not to say they haven’t got good ones because they have.
“But as we saw when we went there last season, Colchester are all about the group. They are a team in the true sense of the word. John will tell you that’s the ethos he’s created. I’ve got a lot of respect for them.”
Colchester have picked up two points from their opening two League One fixtures. Ward’s side were held to a goalless draw at Preston North End last Saturday before being held 2-2 at home to cash-strapped Portsmouth.
New U’s signing Gavin Massey may have to settle for a place on the substitutes bench. The striker arrived from Watford on a free transfer on Wednesday, having enjoyed a loan spell with the club last season. However, the 19-year-old concedes he is short of match fitness.
“I’m not 100 per cent fit at the moment,” admitted Massey. “I haven’t played as many games in pre-season as I would have liked because of the situation at Watford.”
“Hopefully, I can give the team a few more attacking options,” he added. “I’m happy with playing up front, as well as on the wing.”
Captain Kem Izzet is a major injury doubt. The midfielder is still nursing a back injury which ruled him out of their entertaining clash with Pompey. Ben Coker (dead leg) is unlikely to feature either.