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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson is happy for critics to question his team’s automatic promotion credentials.

Speaking ahead of today’s League One fixture at Brentford, Wilson rubbished claims the South Yorkshire club lack the strength of character to claim a top-two finish and revealed they are determined to prove the doubters wrong.

“If people want to believe that we haven’t got a chance then that’s fine by me,” Wilson, whose side head to the capital looking to halt a run of back-to-back defeats, said. “We’ll happily let someone else come under the spotlight.

“But that doesn’t mean to say I’m bothered about my lads being in it because I’m not.

“My players have shown what they’re made of. They’ve shown their mettle and they’ve shown their bottle to get in the top two to begin with.

“We want to stay there and we’re still looking at (leaders) Charlton rather than worrying about what’s behind or around us. We are more than capable.”

Second-placed United travel to Griffin Park a point ahead of Sheffield Wednesday in third. Wilson’s side enjoy a game in hand over their neighbours but not fellow Championship hopefuls Huddersfield Town. Charlton, meanwhile, are 13 points clear at the top of the division.

“This is a situation we should enjoy being in,” added Wilson. “When you are one of the so-called bigger names then you are always going to have to cope with high expectations and that’s fine by us.

“We’re in a strong position. But I do know what my squad is made of because they’ve demonstrated it and bounced back from difficult situations in the past already.”