NEILL Collins says manager Danny Wilson’s low-key approach is Sheffield United’s secret weapon in the battle for promotion from League One.
United entertain Chesterfield tonight knowing that only a defeat will prevent them from climbing to second with seven games remaining.
But, despite acknowledging the race for a top-two finish “could go right down to the wire”, Collins insisted last night that Wilson’s undemonstrative character has equipped his team with the composure required to cope with the weight of expectation being placed upon their shoulders.
“We definitely don’t feel under any pressure,” the United defender said. “And that’s because the gaffer doesn’t show any.
“He doesn’t show any nerves. He just tells us to go out
there and express ourselves, and that gives players confidence because we can see he’s got the confidence in us.”
United had been scheduled to face Chesterfield four days ago but the visitors’ involvement in the JP Trophy Final at Wembley forced the contest to be postponed.
Sheffield Wednesday took advantage of the blank weekend on Bramall Lane’s fixture calendar to overtake their arch-rivals in the rankings for the first time since Valentine’s Day.
United beat Notts County 5-2 last week and Collins added: “I read their manager (Keith Curle) saying that we’d be nervous going into that match.
“I laughed a bit because the one thing we definitely weren’t was nervous. We’re just taking everything in our stride.
“You are always expected to win at a club like Sheffield United so nothing changes.”
Wilson says he will make a decision on the future of Everton trialist Ryan Higgins “within the next few weeks.”