SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson refused to admit his team had landed a potentially telling blow in the battle for automatic promotion from League One following Saturday’s victory over Leyton Orient.
United’s 3-1 success, coupled with Sheffield Wednesday’s failure to beat Colchester, saw Wilson’s second-placed side move four points clear of their arch-rivals from Hillsborough with only three matches of the season remaining.
The result means United could join leaders Charlton Athletic in the Championship next term this weekend if they triumph at MK Dons and Wednesday lose to Carlisle but Wilson said: “We’ve not given ourselves any more room for manoeuvre or margin for error.
“If we think we’ve given ourselves space then all that will happen is that we’ll trip up and fall off the pace.
“We’ll go down there (stadium:mk) and try to win against what is a very good footballing side. The pleasing thing for me is that we’ve won another game. Nothing else.”
Wilson added: “Our players here are very grounded and they’ll tell you exactly the same thing. We don’t instruct them what to say to the press but they understand what is required.
“I’m not getting carried away and you won’t find them doing that either.
“Nothing has been achieved or finalised yet has it?”
Lee Williamson, Michael Doyle and Ched Evans all wrote their names on the score sheet as United were forced to come from a goal behind against opponents who saw Ryan Dickson sent-off after Kevin Lisbie’s opener.
Wilson paid tribute to Evans, featuring despite his well-documented off-the-pitch problems, after watching the Wales international score his 35th goal of the season - “Ched’s a great team player” - but also singled-out Doyle for special praise following the United captain’s second strike in the space of four days.
“I think some of the lads here underestimate themselves,” Wilson said. “They don’t realise what they’ve got in their locker and the technical ability they possess.”
Nevertheless, victory came at a cost with Richard Cresswell forced-off through injury and substitute Marcus Williams sustaining concussion during a bizarre incident following Orient’s goal.
“Cressy fell awkwardly on his elbow and seemed to hurt his shoulder,” Wilson said. “He’s being assessed and we should know more today.”
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