SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has warned Stevenage their mind games will have no effect when the two sides meet at Broadhall Way tomorrow.
United’s latest opponents boast a formidable reputation for combining psychological tactics with a no-nonsense physical approach.
But Wilson told his opposite number, Graham Westley, last night that the visitors have been well-briefed on the challenge they are poised to encounter in Hertfordshire.
“They’ll want to rough us up and they’ll want to get inside our heads but it’s not as if we haven’t faced anything like that before,” he said. “It’s nothing new and we know what to expect.
“If they raise their game then we have to raise ours too. If it’s their cup final then we have to make sure it’s also ours.
“That’s not being conceited. It’s a fact.
“We can’t worry about teams looking at us like that. We have to accept that we’re a scalp.”
Wilson, whose side are fourth in the League One table, admitted to making “contingency plans” should on-loan duo Billy Clarke and Matt Phillips be recalled by Blackpool next week.
Stevenage climbed to 10th following wins over Brentford and Bury.
Wilson, speaking at yesterday’s pre-match press conference, said Westley’s record at the helm justified the hosts’ combative style.
But he added: “To be honest, I’m more interested in how we play than what the opposition do. We have to be very brave in what we do because, at some stage, there will be an opportunity for us to play and when they happens we have to make sure we’re ready.
“If we stay calm and don’t get dragged in to what they want us to do then we’ll do much better.
“If we’re calm then we’ll make better choices.”