Sheffield United: Blades boss sounds positive note

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AS Danny Wilson pushes for a positive approach from everyone in Sheffield United’s promotion run-in, he will be hoping for positive news on the injury front.

Striker Dave Kitson came off during Monday’s draw with Carlisle with a tight hamstring.

Although youngster Joe Ironside did well when replacing him, Wilson needs Kitson’s experience in the final stages and he is expected to be able to figure at in-form Walsall on Saturday.

With seven games to squeeze into 22 days this month, including all three available Tuesday nights, Wilson will be mindful of monitoring the experienced striker’s fitness. Monday’s removal was precautionary and sensible.

The striker numbers were reduced by one yesterday when youngster Dominic Poleon was recalled by Leeds caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn. Monday’s appearance was his seventh. He was replaced at half-time by Jamie Murphy who was coming back from a hamstring injury.

In addition to Ironside, the other striker on the bench was Chris Porter. Richard Cresswell is on loan at York.

As United prepare to face a Walsall side who have zoomed up League One this year and are unbeaten in 12 games, Wilson said: “We are still in a strong position.

“We’ve some tough games coming up, starting at Walsall, but we shall remain positive and they are games which we are more than capable of winning,” said Wilson. “Yes, we were frustrated (on Monday). But we’ve got to keep our perspective, be positive and keep ploughing on. In a division as tight at this one, that’s key.”

Former Blades striker Jordan Robertson is on trial with the club and scored in the Under 21s draw at Barnsley yesterday. Now 25 and currently without a club, he made two cup appearances for United, the last in 2009.