SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has leapt to the defence of his players following recent criticism of their performances.
Wilson fired a shot across the bow of Bramall Lane’s detractors after watching United return to winning ways at Yeovil last weekend.
“The lads have taken a lot of stick recently and they haven’t deserved it,” Wilson told The Star.
“I’ve seen things written about their displays being dour and stuff like that. I don’t think it’s accurate or right.
“If those people could see the statistics that we can see, the ProZone stats for example, then they’d realise how hard the boys have been working and how well they’ve done.
“Nothing can be taken for granted in this division. Absolutely nothing.
“If people think you can just breeze through it then they’re very wrong.”
Wilson added: “Fortunately we get excellent backing from our fans. I’m pleased with how we’ve done but, of course, there is always room for improvement and areas where you will look to do better.”
United ended a run of three straight draws when Neill Collins scored the only goal of Saturday’s League One fixture at Huish Park.
The result means they enter this weekend’s visit of Notts County sixth in the table and one of only three teams still unbeaten in the division this season.
With Ryan Flynn and Michael Doyle both available for selection after completing three-match bans, Wilson said: “It’s good that we’ve got a few lads coming back now.
“Ryan and Michael are, as everyone knows, quality players. They give us more options and competition, which can only be a good thing.”
Meanwhile, United’s under-21 fixture against Wigan Athletic was abandoned after 30 minutes yesterday when officials declared the pitch unplayable due to persistent rain.
Coach Chris Morgan, whose side were trailing 2-0, said: “We checked the pitch an hour before kick-off and it was playable... but after five or ten minutes it was starting to become farcical out there”.
“It was getting worse by the minute and we were most concerned about the welfare of the players.”