DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has claimed concentration and cool heads hold the key to success against Crawley Town.
United make their first ever visit to Broadfield Stadium on Saturday looking to post another positive result following last weekend’s draw with League One leaders Tranmere Rovers.
Despite expressing satisfaction with his team’s defensive display against Ronnie Moore’s side, Wilson acknowledged they had failed to exploit the attacking opportunities which came their way.
It’s a matter coaching staff will seek to address before travelling south in 48 hours.
“In games of few chances, it’s important to just settle down and be a little bit less excitable with the pass,” Wilson said. “There were times (against Rovers) when I felt we were just a little bit over eager in those situations.
“That’s something we can work on and try to improve but, in fairness, we’ve got a few young lads out there and so it’s probably to be expected a bit in certain games.
“Plus, it’s not something that happens week in week out either.”
United, who remained third in the table after being held by Rovers, must also decide whether to persist with an experiment which saw winger Ryan Flynn deployed in central midfield when they face 10th-placed Town.
Although there remains a slim chance that Kevin McDonald could recover from injury, David McAllister will hope for a recall should Wilson elect to scrap a plan which enjoyed only limited success against Moore’s charges.
“We played Ryan in there because, as you know, he’s technically a very strong player and we wanted to try and keep that consistency of play in the middle,” Wilson explained.
United’s approach against Town could be influenced by news the hosts are carrying out emergency repair work to the playing surface at Broadfield with 40 tonnes of sand set to be laid on the pitch this week.