DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, is refusing to predict how many points will be required to achieve promotion from League One, writes Jame Shield.
Instead Wilson, whose side enter this weekend’s visit of MK Dons unbeaten in their last six games, has vowed to adopt the time honoured approach of ignoring mathematical matters and simply focusing on “the next challenge in line.”
“We want to win every single time we step out onto the football pitch,” Wilson told The Star. “I don’t know how many it will take or the total that’s going to do it.
“I’m not sure what will happen in that respect so all we can do is keep on going. Keep on trying to do the very best that we can.
“The only thing I’m concentrating on is the next challenge. The next challenge in line.
“The same goes for everyone else here.
“That might sound boring but that’s the way it is and that’s the way it’s got to be.
“We want to take care of ourselves and the things we can control rather than bother about the things we can’t,” he added.
Tony McMahon, the former Middlesbrough full-back, recently became the first member of Wilson’s squad to publicly forecast how many victories would secure a top two finish.
Speaking before the recent draw with Leyton Orient, McMahon revealed his team mates had calculated “eight more wins” could be enough to restore United’s Championship status.
Having claimed one of those courtesy of last weekend’s triumph over Oldham Athletic, Wilson’s players will attempt to move another step closer to the prize they covet against Dons on Saturday.
McMahon is eligible for selection despite being just one caution away from an automatic ban while United hope Jamie Murphy and Jonathan Forte will bolster their attacking options following injury. The duo have missed two and four matches respectively due to groin problems.
“We’re hopeful they should be okay,” Wilson said. “This is the match we thought Jamie and Jonathan might come back into contention for so we’ll take a good look at them nearer the time.
“If there are any doubts, though, it would be wrong to take a chance and then lose them for longer than necessary.”
Dominic Poleon is also expected to feature after Wilson confirmed the on-loan forward was “only suffering from cramp” when he was substituted at Boundary Park.
“Dom didn’t have anything serious,” he said. “He’s not had a lot of football lately and he’s been thrust straight into the thick of things here so it’s to be expected I suppose.
“He’ll be okay, We don’t envisage it being a problem.
“In fact, the more he plays the better it is in that regard,”
United, who remained second in the table following their success over Oldham, travel to Crewe Alexandra three days after locking horns with the Dons.
Meanwhile, United have warned shareholders to guard against unsolicited telephone calls regarding their investment in the club.
Officials at Bramall Lane last night reminded that under no circumstances should banking or other personal details be divulged.
“We believe the callers are bogus,” they said in a statement.