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Battle: Danny Wilson is expecting his team to be tested physically by the Owls
Battle: Danny Wilson is expecting his team to be tested physically by the Owls
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has warned his team must be ready to fight fire with fire during Sunday’s Steel City derby.

The visitors, who will make the short journey to Hillsborough second in the League One table, have won plaudits for their passing style under Wilson’s tutelage this term.

But with arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday expected to test United’s character as well as calibre, Wilson said: “If we are simply allowed to play our game then we will but I doubt that’s going to be the case.

“But we’ve shown that we can adapt to whatever is put in front of us. We’ve handled lots of different situations of late and we’ve handled them well so credit to the players.

“We know we are going to have to battle and we know we are going to have to battle hard. There’s absolutely no secret about that.”

United moved five points clear of Gary Megson’s side when they recorded their sixth victory in eight games by beating Preston last weekend.

Wednesday, who are third, enter the eagerly anticipated contest having suffered four straight defeats.

But Wilson, confirming that midfielder Kevin McDonald will be given “every opportunity” to recover from the injury he sustained during the first-half of that triumph over North End, rubbished suggestions that Wednesday’s challenge for automatic promotion has stalled.

“We are very committed to what we do,” added Wilson.

“But, make no mistake, Sheffield Wednesday have also got some very talented players. I don’t care what anyone else is saying, the table shows that they are a very good team.

“I know my lads will be ready to give everything and when there are lulls in the game then we’ll look to get the ball down.

“But we’ll have to earn the right to do that first, the same as we have other times this season.”

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