DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has urged his players to develop a ruthless streak after watching them held to a draw by Carlisle.
The result, United’s third successive stalemate at Bramall Lane, was described as “frustrating” and “disappointing” by the former Northern Ireland international.
Wilson, who revealed defender Matt Hill was substituted after suffering from double-vision, said: “We are solid at the back so if there’s an area where we must tighten up it’s in front of goal.
“We can’t be surprised that people want to come to our place and make things difficult for us.
“But if you can get the early goal then it changes the entire complexion of the match.
“That’s what we’ve got to try and do.
“I think there were times when we didn’t get that bit of luck but with the chances we created, you have to punish them.”
Carlisle, who were reduced to 10 men when Sean O’Hanlon was dismissed during the closing stages, proved awkward opposition.
Wilson added: “When they had their lad sent-off that just pushed everyone back even more. If we’ve got to take a scrappy one nil then that’s what we’ll take.”
United, who nevertheless climb to fourth in the table ahead of this weekend’s visit to Walsall, welcomed back winger Jamie Murphy from injury. But defender Tony McMahon will miss that game after collecting the caution which triggers an automatic suspension.
Wilson said: “We’re still in a very strong position and we’ve got to remember that.
“This is such a strange league and we’ll just keep pushing on.
“It was a calculated risk to bring Jamie back in but he’s come through okay and we thought it was worth taking.”