SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson last night admitted his players have only shown flashes of the football he wants to introduce at Bramall Lane this season.
Speaking ahead of today’s visit of Brentford – a team he described as “Dark Horses” in League One this term – the 51-year-old conceded United are still a work in progress despite making a perfect start to the new campaign.
“We’ve seen glimpses of what we are trying to do,” said Wilson. “But we have seen a lot of what this division is going to be like this season.
“Both of the games we’ve had so far have been very physical and in both of them we’ve had to roll-up our sleeves and fight.
“We’re nowhere near where we want to be yet.
“The football we’re playing can get a lot better.
“But the most important thing is winning games and, I’ve got to say this, the lads have really embraced what we are trying to do and what is being asked of them.
“Hopefully they are enjoying it too.
“They seem to be.”
United opened the new campaign with a hard-fought but deserved win at Oldham Athletic last weekend before beating League One rivals Hartlepool in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.
Wilson is expecting Uwe Rosler’s side to pose another thorough test of his squad’s credentials.
The former Manchester City striker has proven a shrewd operator in the transfer market since taking charge with the likes of Jonathan Douglas, Clayton Donaldson and Shaleum Logan among those arriving at Griffin Park.
All three featured during Brentford’s defeat at Hereford in midweek.
“We had them watched and they actually played very, very well,” Wilson said. “I know they lost but they were pretty unfortunate to do so.
“Uwe has got the playing some good stuff and so it should be a good game but a tough one too.
“For both of us.”
United will give late tests to Ryan Flynn (hamstring) and Chris Porter (dead leg) before the match after both missed the trip to Victoria Park because of injury.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing could start after impressing following his loan move from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“Nathan did well,” said Wilson. “Especially when you think he’s not been with us that long.”