Blades are told to toughen up in the box

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SHEFFIELD United must develop a callous streak, manager Danny Wilson has warned, or risk failing to fulfil their potential in League One next term.

Wilson delivered his assessment ahead of the club’s final match of the pre-season campaign against Blackpool on Sunday.

United created numerous opportunities during the midweek defeat by Doncaster Rovers before being made to pay for their profligacy when Simon Gillett scored the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute.

Insisting he was “encouraged” by most aspects of his team’s performance, Wilson said: “We’ve got to be a little bit more ruthless in front of goal.

“There were times when we were trying too hard to score the perfect goal when we could have just had a ‘pop’ when the chance arose.

“That’s something we’ve got to work on but, by and large, it shouldn’t be too difficult to correct.” Wilson was tasked with transforming United’s ‘route one’ image after taking charge in May following their relegation from the Championship.

At times it appeared as if his players had embraced his footballing philosophy too tightly as they frequently over-elaborated in the Rovers penalty box.

“There’s still work to be done but I was really encouraged by how we did overall against Donny,” said Wilson.

“They’re an excellent passing side and if we hadn’t been committed to the game then they’d have run rings around us but we were and they didn’t. Arguably we created more.”