DANNY Wilson is under no illusions at the size of the task facing Sheffield United at Dean Court tomorrow.
The Blades boss, who has no new injury concerns, has set his sights on a fourth successive league win and a sixth in all competitions.
But the ex-Northern Ireland international refuses to take Bournemouth lightly and is acutely aware of the danger Lee Bradbury’s men will pose down on the south coast.
He said: “This is a big fixture for Bournemouth. There will be a big crowd and I’m sure this match will attract a few extra punters. We have to maintain our standards as high as we possibly can because other teams will raise theirs when they face us. It will be a big ask down there.
“They have had to let some of their better players go which hasn’t helped but they seem to have coped with it so it is a credit to them they have kept on going like they have done. They are doing very well. Whether or not they will be contenders at the end of the season, I don’t know but they will certainly give us a tough test.”
Wilson said the Christmas schedule is the start of a defining period in the season and added: “Teams always want to be challenging around this time. You can make or lose a lot of ground in this period.”
United’s Under-18s face Barnsley in the league tomorrow at Shirecliffe, kick-off 11am.