SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades ‘made of steel’

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DANNY Wilson has rubbished claims that last season’s heartbreaking defeat in the League One play-off final will cast a shadow over Sheffield United’s performances next term.

United were dealt a crushing blow when Huddersfield Town denied them an immediate return to the Championship following a penalty shoot-out at Wembley five weeks ago.

Wilson, who had taken charge 12 months earlier when Micky Adams failed to save the club from relegation, said: “The lads showed great character and spirit to get over what happened then and, knowing them as I do, they’ll be determined to do exactly the same thing again.

“I see no reason to think it will be any different now.

“They’re a strong bunch.

“They didn’t mope and feel sorry for themselves when they went down and so they won’t be doing that now.”

United, who lost only one of their first 10 games under Wilson’s tutelage, finished third in the table despite recording a 59 win percentage and a remarkable 92 goals.

However, a memorable campaign ended in disappointment when Simon Grayson’s team triumphed 8-7 on penalties after 120 minutes of action had failed to separate the two Yorkshire sides.

Despite acknowledging that United face a challenging summer off the pitch as a direct result, Wilson quashed fears those issues will cast a shadow across performances on it.

“These lads have shown that they’re made of the right stuff before,” he said.