AS FAR as manager Danny Wilson is concerned, there is still plenty of room for improvement at Sheffield United.
The Bramall Lane outfit, beaten in the League One play-off final in May, secured a hard-fought point at Coventy City in midweek.
Striker Nick Blackman notched his second goal in three appearances but Wilson criticised his back four following Stephen Elliott’s “soft” opener.
Many observers thought United’s rearguard rode their luck and were fortunate to record a shut-out in their League One curtain-raiser with Shrewsbury Town. They shipped in two in their first round defeat to Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup.
Wilson is urging his players to tighten up, starting with the trip to Colchester United on Saturday.
“The manner in which we conceded the goal at Coventry was disappointing,” said the United chief. “It was a soft goal against the run of play.
“We will get over that, try and work on things and make sure it doesn’t happen again. It is a concentration thing rather than bad play.”
Kevin McDonald delivered another accomplished display in the middle of the park as United failed to turn their attractive, possession football into goals.
But Wilson added: “In terms of the bigger picture, I thought the performance was superb. We played at a tempo and created chances. That was good to see. But there are plenty of things we can do better.”
United narrowly missed out on automatic promotion last term despite garnering 90 points. Wilson is refusing to make any bold predictions on the points total the club will require to go one better this time around, saying: “It’s still very early stages yet. It might take 90 plus points again. It might take a lot less. I just don’t know.”
It is understood United are willing to offload Nick Montgomery and Richard Cresswell before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Burnley and Millwall are monitoring Montgomery’s situation while Scunthorpe have held talks with Cresswell’s representatives.
Of bringing in further new faces, Wilson said: “That’s it as far as the squad goes but we are always on the look out because you never know what might happen. We’re very young so perhaps we could do with a bit of experience if the chance comes about.”