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Key man: Stephen Quinn will be an important figure for United in the derby
Key man: Stephen Quinn will be an important figure for United in the derby
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DANNY Wilson has dismissed claims that Sheffield United’s revised fixture programme will have an adverse effect on their preparations for this weekend’s Steel City derby.

Sunday’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday will be United’s first League One outing in over a fortnight after last weekend’s game at Preston North End was postponed due to the host team’s international commitments.

But Wilson said: “I don’t think it’s a big deal at all.

“You can make an argument either way to suit whatever you want to say.

“Fact is, that’s what’s happened and so we deal with it rather than bang on and on about what would have been best. I’m not going to make anything out of it and I wouldn’t expect anyone else here to do that.”

United, who have been paired with Bradford City in the JP Trophy

Northern Area quarter-finals, did beat Rotherham in the second round of the tournament last week. But with the majority of their division rivals unaffected by the latest spate of Euro 2012, World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifi ers, they have slipped out of the top six for the first time this season.

United now go to

Deepdale three days after the derby.

Midfielder Nick Montgomery, who returned from injury against Andy Scott’s side, would have benefited from another run-out ahead of United’s most symbolic fixture of the campaign so far.

But with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing tweaking a hamstring at the Don Valley Stadium, Wilson said wrapping the likes of Stephen Quinn in cotton wool could also prove beneficial.

“Of course some of the lads would have liked to have played a game,” he said.

“It keeps you sharp and in shape but there’s work we can do on the training ground to do that anyway.

“The flip side is you’d hate to play a game and then lose someone because of a fitness problem before a match like this one.”