DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night warned his team could face their toughest test of the new League One season so far when AFC Bournemouth visit Bramall Lane today.
Paul Groves’ side are 15th in the table but unbeaten in competitive action this term.
Wilson said: “Bournemouth have had a good outlay of cash to bring some quality players in and they’ve got solidarity within their ranks. They’ve improved year on year and also have the ability to counter attack well so that’s something we’ll have to be aware of.”
Although Harry Arter’s suspension has affected Groves’ plans, Wilson believes his opposite number will still prove a worthy adversary.
“Paul was a very experienced player,” Wilson said. “He’ll do well.”
United are again without the services of injured forward Chris Porter but versatile defender Darryl Westlake (thigh) could return.
United are eighth after winning one and drawing two of their matches.
Wilson’s charges won their opening three games en route to last season’s play-off final but the former Northern Ireland international said: “It took over 90 points (to get promoted) then and, although there are no guarantees, I don’t think it will need that again.”