DANNY Wilson is urging his Sheffield United defenders to learn from being “bullied” into submission by Huddersfield Town and wants a positive reaction at home to Colchester United.
The United manager said he was disappointed with the goals they conceded in the 3-0 loss and admits his first defeat in charge was a “reality check” for the club.
It meant the Blades lost their unbeaten record and dropped down into second place in the division behind Charlton Athletic, who were in Carling Cup action on Tuesday.
Wilson said: “We’ve been strong this season, defensively, but we got bullied a bit. Alan Lee, Lee Novak and Jordan Rhodes are three very tough, uncompromising characters up front and they caused us a problem.”
He added: “There’ll be quite a few teams competing for those top-six places at the end of the season and we really feel we’ll be part of that but we can’t concede the easy goals like we did the other night against Huddersfield.”
Meanwhile, defenders Andy Taylor and Johnny Ertl will start light training shortly following their anterior cruciate ligament injuries while club captain Chris Morgan is doing gym work as part of his rehabilitation work.
United have allocated Sheffield Wednesday just over 4,300 tickets for the Steel City derby on Sunday, October 16, kick-off noon, £28.50 for adults.