Leave out the mind games

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has warned his team’s League One rivals not to waste their time playing mind games as the battle for promotion enters a decisive phase.

Wilson, whose side hope to reclaim second place when they entertain Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winners Chesterfield later this week, insisted Bramall Lane’s first team squad “aren’t in the slightest bit bothered” by the psychological tricks employed by some of those clubs hoping to deny them a place in the Championship next term.

“It always makes me smile when people talk about us being under pressure,” said Wilson. “But nobody else puts us under pressure. The only pressure we are under is the pressure we put on ourselves to try and do well. Other people can worry about what might or might not be going on at this club or that club. It’s not something that bothers or concerns me because all of that is out of my control.

“I know my players feel the same way and I know they’re focused on the right things because they’re good professionals and experienced professionals.

“So it doesn’t bother me what other people might say or what might be mentioned in the media. We aren’t in the slightest bit bothered by that and we’ve shown that to be the case in the past.”

United dropped out of the top two for the first time since Valentine’s Day when Sheffield Wednesday’s won at Leyton Orient on Saturday.