CHRIS Wilder, the Oxford United manager, has spoken of his respect for Danny Wilson ahead of today’s FA Cup third round tie with Sheffield United.
Wilder, whose side were beaten by the former Northern Ireland international’s charges at the first stage of the competition last term, hails from South Yorkshire and made over a century of appearances for the visitors during his own playing career. And he told The Star: “Danny is someone who I hold in the highest regard.
“There are a few people in the game who I feel comfortable asking for an opinion on something and he is one of those.
“Whenever I’ve sat down and talked with Danny he’s always given me his time and been an absolute gentleman. He’s a real football man too but you don’t always get both.”
Oxford, who are 13th in League Two, are without striker James Constable (suspended) for this afternoon’s match.
However, they yesterday recruited Burton Albion’s Justin Richards, Lewis Montrose of Gillingham and Josh Parker. Richards and Parker, previously of Oldham Athletic, are both eligible to feature against Wilson’s team but Montrose is cup-tied.
United, last season’s losing League One play-off finalists, are 35 places higher in the footballing pyramid and could hand a debut to new signing Jamie Murphy.
Wilder added: “I really hope people appreciate the job Danny is doing because, despite what folk might think, he’s had so much thrown at him without spending the same money as, say, Swindon, and yet United are above them in the rankings.
“He’s built things the right way by bringing in good, proper footballers and at Oxford we’re trying to do the same exactly the same thing in exactly the same fashion. Building foundations.”