Sheffield United: Midfielder refuses to play mind games

James Wallace is a big fan of Sheffield United's training methods � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
James Wallace is a big fan of Sheffield United's training methods � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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James Wallace has praised the way Nigel Clough and his staff prepare Sheffield United’s first team squad for games, writes James Shield.

The former Everton and Tranmere Rovers midfielder delivered his verdict ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup first round tie at Crewe Alexandra as the League One club attempts to repeat its march into the semi-finals of the competition last term.

Wallace told The Star: “The main focus is always on us. Making sure we do what we’re good at and working to our own strengths rather than worrying about everyone else.

“I like that. It suits me down to the ground.

“Where I’ve been before, we often used to spent ages on the opposition. A lot of what we did was all about who we were playing and stuff like that.

“Don’t me wrong, I know that has to change from club to club and from situation to situation. But I like how things are done here because it puts you in the right frame on mind.”

Wallace, who arrived at Bramall Lane from Prenton Park during the close season, is scheduled to travel to Gresty Road but could be handed a bit part role as United look to nurse him back from injury.

The 22-year-old has received treatment for a series of niggling injuries since joining Clough’s side with a groin problem being the most serious.

“I’m feeling good now but it still might be a while before I’m exactly where I want to be in terms of my form,” Wallace continued. “That’s only to be expected because it was a little bit stop start stop start during pre-season and I didn’t get the chance, unfortunately, to really get into my stride.

“I didn’t play much (at Tranmere) during my final year because of injury and so, to some degree, that was only to be expected. You always pick up little things here and there after a lay-off.”

“We’ve got a good squad of players here and things take time to knit together properly,” Wallace added. “We give the people we are playing against respect, as you always should do, and of course we work on the odd little thing.

“But, by and large, here it’s all about doing what we want to do, playing our game.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1