SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades getting their kicks out of passing game

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DANNY Wilson believes Sheffield United’s climb to third in the table ahead of Saturday’s clash with leaders Tranmere Rovers makes a mockery of claims that teams need to kick their way out of League One.

Although United survived a second-half comeback at Carlisle last weekend to secure a 3-1 win, the visitors’ performance during the opening period ranked among their finest of the season so far.

Asked whether United’s display had disproved the argument that passing football can not prosper amid the hurly-burly of England’s third tier, Wilson said: “The only people who would even suggest that are those who have never been involved in the game.

“I hear that idea crop up all the time and I’ve never been able to understand it. You’ve got to be able to be good at lots of different facets and passing is one of them.

“We are committed to doing what suits us best.”

The United manager added: “I thought we caused Carlisle lots of problems with our passing and momentum before the break.

“It was good to see.

“We let them in a little bit afterwards and credit to them for putting up the fight they did.”

Although midfielder Kevin McDonald sustained a potentially serious ankle injury at Brunton Park, United breathed a sigh of relief when Nick Blackman and Harry Maguire escaped the yellow cards which would have ruled them out of the meeting with Ronnie Moore’s side.

Tony McMahon, who missed the game against Carlisle because of a hamstring complaint, is also on the verge of a suspension under the totting-up procedure.

With swelling around McDonald’s joint preventing medical staff from ascertaining the extent of the problem, the former Scotland under-21 international was scheduled to undergo further tests yesterday.