SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has praised super subs Lee Williamson and Michael Doyle for their professionalism despite failing to hold down regular places in his starting eleven.
Their introduction during the second-half of Tuesday’s victory over Walsall proved to be the turning point of a match which, at one stage, appeared to be ebbing decisively in the visitors’ favour.
Wilson, speaking immediately after that dramatic 3-2 victory, refused to take any credit for the tactical adjustment, instead insisting that the comeback was “purely down to the individuals concerned.”
Last night he elaborated further, admitting the midfield duo’s contribution has given him food for thought ahead of this afternoon’s outing at Tranmere Rovers.
“The lads are disappointed not to be playing but what we have to try and do is maintain their belief that they have a major part to play for us over the course of the season.
“That they have to be prepared to come on and make an impact like they did because that’s why you have substitutes.
“You don’t want them coming on and feeling sorry for themselves. If they do then it’s a waste of time them being there. We saw the impact they had it goes to show that their mindset was very positive.”
Wilson has spent the past 48 hours ensuring goalkeeper Steve Simonsen is also in confident mood after a mixed display against Dean Smith’s men.
Simonsen, who started his career at Prenton Park, produced a remarkable save to deny Jon Macken before appearing to be deceived by the flight of the ball when Kevan Hurst scored the first of Walsall’s efforts.
“The toughest thing for ‘keepers is that there is no buffer,” said Wilson. “If you make a mistake it’s normally a goal. The only thing I highlighted to him and the rest of the players in our video analysis is that there are aspects prior to their goals that could have prevented those opportunities. We never hang people out to dry in the dressing room. How do I make sure he’s ready to go? I put my arm around him, tell him he’s been great for me so far which he has and that he’s playing at the weekend.”
Williamson, who levelled for United against Walsall, could feature if Kevin McDonald fails a fitness test.