Sheffield United: No route one approach

Man on a mission: The Blades want to see more goal threat from midfield maestro Kevin McDonald
Man on a mission: The Blades want to see more goal threat from midfield maestro Kevin McDonald
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Danny Wilson will not resort to the long ball in a bid to arrest Sheffield United’s slump in form, writes James Shield.

United, whose League One fixture at Bury tonight has been postponed, have slipped to fifth in the table after taking just two points from their last four League One games.

Even before last weekend’s draw with Notts County, which saw Keith Curle’s side claim a late equaliser despite being reduced to 10 men, Wilson admitted United could be forced to review both tactics and team selection.

But, he insisted, that does not signal the start of a more route one approach.

“Changing tactics isn’t just about going direct,” Wilson said. “There are more ways to play football than just going long or short.

“If we need to do something differently then we’ll do it. We know we’re not playing as we can and we’ll be working hard to improve that.”

Wilson acknowledged “a few of the lads are struggling for confidence” after watching Alan Judge cancel-out Harry Maguire’s opener.

So it was no surprise to hear him insist there are positives United can take from their performance at Meadow Lane.

Having seen midfielder Kevin McDonald go close to claiming his first goal of the season, Wilson added: “Macca can do more.

“It’s something we’d spoken about and it’s something Macca knows he has got to do.

“We need as many people as possible to chip in with some goals. It doesn’t matter what position they play.

“That’s just one thing we’ll be working on.”

United face Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.