DANNY Wilson has warned it would be a grave mistake to write off his team after only one month of the new League One season.
Sheffield United were held to their fifth draw in seven outings when Doncaster Rovers visited Bramall Lane earlier this week and were booed off at the final whistle.
Despite the result, which nevertheless saw Wilson’s charges climb to sixth in the embryonic table, the former Northern Ireland international said: “I’m not frustrated. I think other people get much more frustrated than me.
“From our point of view I thought there was a lot we can take out of that game. We put Doncaster under an awful lot of pressure in the second-half. They were very much on the back foot.
“Doncaster went very deep and the one thing we couldn’t do was get around the back of them.
“But we created more than enough. I couldn’t fault the lads for that. There were just a few instances when, unfortunately, the ball didn’t drop where we wanted it.
“On another day we would have come away with more.”
Nevertheless, as Wilson admitted before Tuesday night’s South Yorkshire derby, several issues must be addressed if United are the fulfil their potential.
Captain Michael Doyle, who like Ryan Flynn returns from suspension following this weekend’s trip to Yeovil Town, should restore some balance to a midfield which has appeared laboured in his absence while the young Scot’s presence is likely to provide United with the ingenuity required to break down resolute opponents.
Indeed, despite some obvious flaws in their respective teams’ armouries, both Wilson and his counterpart Dean Saunders took heart from the midweek contest.
Rovers were the dominant force in the first half. United the second.
So, despite being a less than compelling spectacle, it was impossible to argue this latest South Yorkshire skirmish did not produce a fair result.
“I thought it was a typical derby in many ways,” Wilson said. “It was nip and tuck and there was a lot of committment out there from the two sets of players.”
Meanwhile, United will assess Chris Porter’s fitness before deciding whether to include him in the party which departs for Somerset tomorrow.
The striker has yet to feature in League One this season after injuring his knee during last month’s Capital One Cup tie with Burton Albion.
However, Wilson indicated Porter could come into contention for Saturday’s fixture at Huish Park after returning to training three days ago.
Wilson has also stated Dave Kitson is in contention to play up front following his impressive cameo against Rovers.