Sheffield United: Why fans should prepare for fireworks when Chris Wilder’s team visits Ewood Park

Chris Wilder says Sheffield United will attack Blackburn Rovers
Chris Wilder says Sheffield United will attack Blackburn Rovers

Chris Wilder expects tomorrow's match against Blackburn Rovers to be explosive, insisting his Sheffield United side will not be intimidated by the opposition's formidable record at Ewood Park.

Rovers enter the match unbeaten on home soil since January, winning 10 and drawing seven of their last 17 outings.

But, speaking ahead of their visit to Lancashire, Wilder confirmed United have no plans to abandon the attacking principles responsible for turning them into promotion contenders.

"They'll turn up, like us, thinking it's going to be their night," he said. "There's no way we are going there ready to sit back under our own crossbar. That's not how we go about things.

"They are a team that likes to get forward as well. So I can easily imagine there being some fireworks here."

United prepared for the meeting with Rovers fourth in the table, only a point behind leaders West Bromwich Albion, after beating Millwall last weekend. Wilder's hopes of consolidating their play-off credentials have been boosted by the return of Kean Bryan and Paul Coutts from injury, with the latter an unused substitute at The Den.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray

However, concerns about the Championship fixture schedule could force him to make changes against Tony Mowbray's side. Hull City, who travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday, will enjoy an extra 24 hours of recovery because they faced Leeds tonight.

Wilder faced exactly the same conundrum ahead of a meeting with Birmingham City last month and, although that match finished goalless, he refuted suggestions the experiment had backfired.

"A lot has been made about changes," Wilder said. "But we have to play when we do and Hull have more rest. We have to pick the right team.

"We probably made too many for Birmingham but, at the same time, I don't go along with the idea it was a miserable performance. We were up against good players, who showed us a great deal of respect by the way, and didn't get beat. Yes, they had chances but so did we.

Sheffield United have made a strong start to the season

Sheffield United have made a strong start to the season

"We're not one of the all-time great sides who have ever played the game," he added. "We don't have a divine right to play well every week, 100 per cent of the time."But we are, I believe, a good side. The boys look like they're enjoying their football and they're an easy group to manage."