DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has vowed to go for the jugular against Stevenage as his team look to exploit home advantage during their meeting with Gary Smith’s side.
Around 30,000 people are predicted to descend upon Bramall Lane this evening for a match set to have a crucial bearing on the race for promotion from League One.
And, despite his depleted attacking options, Wilson last night confirmed United will stay true to the principles which have seen them score a remarkable 88 goals in the competition this term.
“Playing in front of a packed stadium is something everyone dreams of,” he said. “The fans have been absolutely brilliant to us and
we all know from experience what this place is like when it’s rocking.
“The way we can make the most of that advantage is by looking to utilise a high-tempo game. It’s very important for us to be here at Bramall Lane.”
United, who complete the 2011/12 campaign at Exeter City next weekend, prepared for the visit of Stevenage second in the table and averaging 2.36 goals per match on home soil this term. Sixth-placed Stevenage, who travel north looking to secure their fourth straight win, have conceded only 11 away in the competition since beating Wilson’s men at The Lamex Stadium in November.
With Smith taking charge two months after that meeting, Wilson acknowledged “nothing can be taken for granted” against opponents he admits have undergone a subtle change in style since the former Wycombe defender’s appointment.
“They’re still very dogged but perhaps they play a bit more in certain areas than they used to,” Wilson said.
“Like every team in this division, they’ve have got three or four players who can cause anyone a problem.”
United, who are a point ahead of third placed Sheffield Wednesday, saw on-loan striker Will Hoskins (hernia) return to Brighton earlier this week.
Wilson, however, hopes Richard Cresswell will be declared fit for a contest which could see United require a win either to secure or reclaim the runners-up berth following Wednesday’s outing at Brentford this afternoon.
“We want to win,” Wilson said. “Whatever happens earlier.”