DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has ordered his players to embrace the pressure surrounding tonight’s South Yorkshire derby against Doncaster Rovers.
United, still unbeaten in League One competition this season, are braced for their toughest test since last term’s play-off final when Dean Saunders’ side visit Bramall Lane.
Wilson, who revealed defender Lecsinel Jean-Francois has received “the green light” to step up his rehabilitation following serious injury, said: “People always ask if you can enjoy derbies. My answer to that is, if you can’t enjoy them then you’re probably better off being out of the game.
“I want to enjoy every single match. But there’s always a bit of extra spice when you meet one of your neighbours.
“That’s something we should look forward to.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to ensure our fans go to work the morning after with a spring in their step and smiles on their faces.”
Wilson used his media briefing at Shirecliffe yesterday to accuse some commentators of disrespecting United’s opponents during the opening six fixtures of the campaign.
However, with Rovers also expected to challenge for promotion after being relegated from the Championship five months ago, Wilson said: “There’s an understanding within the league that anyone can have a go this year. I don’t see any reason why Doncaster won’t be contenders.
“They’ve had a similar start to us in many ways
if I’m reading Deano right. They’ve had some good results and ones where they feel they could have done better.
“I don’t think they’ll come to us and defend.
“We’ve both got match-winners. This is two good sides going head to head.”
Jean-Francois is poised to resume training for the first time since damaging his knee in March. Wilson said: “He’s come back from France and has been given the go-ahead to up his schedule. We’ll do that and then look to integrate him in the under-21s.”