DANNY Wilson is convinced his Sheffield United side can prove themselves footballing thoroughbreds by lasting the course in the battle for promotion.
But although Wilson has little time for the wildly fluctuating emotions surrounding their efforts to climb out of League One, he conceded last night they are an inevitable consequence of life towards the top of table.
“It’s like the Grand National,” Wilson said. “People can see the finishing post and so they start to try and pre-empt absolutely everything, which is impossible.
“They’ll express an opinion on everything. Even things that, a few months ago, they wouldn’t worry about.
“We can’t afford to get caught up in all of that. We’ve got to stay focused, be professional and do our jobs.”
United travel to Brentford today in second place despite losing three of their previous four games.
Wilson, speaking at his pre-match media conference earlier this week following Tuesday’s loss at Walsall, admitted “You’d think we’d have dropped into the relegation zone judging by some of the comments. I’ve been consistent all along in saying this will go right down to the wire, possibly the final two games or even the last.”
Meanwhile, United are poised to welcome Matthew Lowton and Harry Maguire back from suspension against opponents who rose to ninth when they beat Exeter City in midweek.
The young defenders missed the visit to the Banks’s Stadium after being sent off against Oldham Athletic earlier this month.
Wilson, who was forced to ask new loan signings Matt Hill and John Egan to anchor United’s rearguard in the Midlands, admitted yesterday that Neill Collins is again expected to be absent due to “a private and personal family matter”.
Lecsinel Jean-Francois (knee) and Kevin McDonald (hamstring) also miss out tomorrow.