Sheffield United: Blades told to be brave

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DANNY Wilson says courage and consistency will decide this season’s race for promotion from League One, writes James Shield.

With only two points separating the division’s leading six teams, the Sheffield United manager delivered his verdict ahead of tomorrow’s game against second-placed AFC Bournemouth.

Wilson, whose side are fourth following a run of three straight victories, said: “To stay up there at the top requires a lot of courage and mental strength.

“It’s not going to be a single result that decides anything. You’ve got to be able to go the distance.

“Bournemouth are on a terrific run and, if they’ve got it, then they’ll stay right up there. If not, then they’ll slip by.

“The same question will be asked about us.”

Wilson added: “I’ve got confidence in our lads because we’ve got the experience.

“Whatever happens, and of course we hope it is a win, we won’t be getting caught up in any of the hype. We’ll leave that to other people.

“It’s important to stay level-headed and not get carried away in either direction. Just focus on ourselves.”

United, who could again be without Jonathan Forte (groin) at Goldsands Stadium, suffered a dip in form before re-affirming their promotion credentials with wins over Shrewsbury Town, Bury and Colchester.

“The best chance we’ve got is to play our football,” Wilson said. “We take too much away from ourselves, in my opinion, if we start pumping it long and then concentrating on trying to hunt down the second ball.”

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