IRRESPECTIVE of the result, Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson will refuse to draw any conclusions about the outcome of this season’s League One promotion race following tonight’s game with Bury.
United travel to Gigg Lane fifth in the table and looking to record their second straight success after beating Shrewsbury Town last weekend.
The 2-1 scoreline at Greenhous Meadow, combined with the fact that four of the division’s leading six teams all dropped points, meant Wilson’s post-match media conference was peppered with questions about whether United are poised to surge back into the top two.
But, speaking ahead of United’s 38th match of the season, he told The Star: “I’ll let other people talk about all of that. It’s not something we want to get caught up in or distracted by.
“These days, if you lose a match then, no matter who you are you’ve got no chance of doing anything. If you win then nobody is going to stop you.
“Emotions are all over the place and, as professionals, we can’t afford to be like that. You’ve just got to keep a clear head and walk a nice even line.
“It might sound boring but I don’t look any further than the next game. Everyone here is like that.”
Nevertheless, despite that philosophical approach, Wilson could scarcely conceal his delight after goals from Dave Kitson and Michael Doyle saw United claim three points for the first time since Boxing Day’s demolition of Scunthorpe at Bramall Lane.
Bury, now managed by former United chief Kevin Blackwell, are 22nd but unbeaten in four after frustrating sixth placed Brentford three days ago.
Doncaster Rovers, who occupy the second automatic promotion berth, were beaten 2-0 by Blackwell’s charges earlier this month while MK Dons and Bournemouth have also been frustrated by the hosts of late.
“We’ve had pressure on us all season,” Wilson added. “Who knows, now it might be starting to be felt by those around us as well because that’s what happens if you are up there at this stage and realise what’s at stake.”