SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has ordered his players to sharpen their attacking instincts ahead of this afternoon’s League One clash with Stevenage.
Despite preparing for the visit of Gary Smith’s side second in the table and having lost just once in 17 games, United’s shots per game ratio is among the worst in the division.
Wilson, who was yesterday named Manager of the Month for October, angrily refutes suggestions his team lack a ruthless streak but acknowledged: “We know we need to do a little bit better up at that end. We’ve been working on trying to do that this week.
“Listen, the lads have done well but there have been times when perhaps we’ve been a little bit too direct and become slightly predictable so that’s something we’ve looked at.
“We’ve come up with a few ideas for things that we think might cause them (Stevenage) a few problems.
“We’ve devised a plan because, although we’ve got the utmost respect for them, we also prefer to focus on what we can do ourselves.”
United completed a clean sweep of League One’s monthly awards when teenage goalkeeper George Long claimed the players’ trophy for October.
Insisting he has no fears about losing Long and England under-21 international Harry Maguire during the January transfer window, Wilson said: “Of course people will be looking at them.
“That’s what happens in football; people look at good players. There’s no point in worrying about anything because if you work in the game then you realise that’s what goes on.
“Why worry about something that you can’t stop people from doing?
“That, to me, just doesn’t make any sense.”
Meanwhile, United’s under-18s entertain Leicester City at Shirecliffe today.