DANNY Wilson has told Sheffield United’s League One rivals his team will not succumb to pressure as the battle for automatic promotion from League One enters a critical phase.
United, whose leading scorer Ched Evans was yesterday found
guilty of rape, head to MK Dons this afternoon knowing that a win could see them return to the Championship at the first attempt.
Wilson last night refused to entertain the possibility of a securing a top-two berth in Buckinghamshire - “Hopefully we’ll be one step closer, although a lot can change” - but he warned the chasing pack it would be a grave mistake to think United will wilt under the weight of expectation being placed upon their shoulders.
“I actually think it brings out the best in us,” the United manager said.
“We need that pressure. Piling pressure on us has kept our focus.
“When you are at a club of this size you need that mentality anyway.
“If you don’t, then you can fall by the wayside very quickly.
“We can draw on
our experience of showing we can handle it, as we’ve done many times in the past.
“I actually think the more of it this team is under, the better it gets.
“They’ve got the right state of mind.”
Second-placed United enter their meeting with play-off hopefuls MK Dons four points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in third with only three matches remaining.
Around 6,000 supporters are set to make the journey from South Yorkshire to stadium:mk.
Wilson, who took charge at Bramall Lane following the club’s relegation from the Championship last season, has won plaudits for both his team’s results and the manner in which they have been achieved.
Speaking before Evans’ conviction, Wilson refused to take any credit for United’s transformation in fortune, adding: “They’ve tried to play football and that in itself takes bravery.
“That’s when I knew these lads were made of the right stuff.
“There have been times when it’s not gone right and they’ve been criticised.
“But they’ve stuck to their guns, which says a lot.”
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