Chris Wilder is expecting his team to beat AFC Fylde and has issued a frank warning to his players ahead of the clash.
The Blades are getting ready to host non-league opposition in the third round of the FA Cup for the second season in a row. Last year saw Barnet come to Bramall Lane and take the win.
United were not at the races that day and Chris Wilder let his players know as much following the game. And speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Fylde, the Blades boss says it’s now down to his players to deliver.
“We work with the other lads all the way through. They work on the shape and they work with the rest of the lads,” Wilder said (Sheffield Star).
“Without distancing myself from the team, it really is ‘over to you.’ There has to be a level of performance.”
Wilder has admitted he will make XI changes for the clash. That means starts for the likes of Ravel Morrison, Ben Osborn, and potentially, new signing, Jack Rodwell.
But the United boss wants no repeat of last season’s antics against Barnet.
“Barnet was one of the lowest experiences for me of last season. I’ll be into my players and if the message wasn’t strong enough last year, it certainly will be this time around,” Wilder added.
A chance for a few to shine
It might only be non-league opposition but the chance of a start for some of the Blades squad players should not be sniffed at.
With the Sheffield United first XI being so settled, these are the chances players need to take. Last season, not one player put themselves in Wilder’s thinking for future fixtures.
However, this time around, with Premier League football on offer, Wilder will be hoping for a different reaction.
The Blades comfortably have enough in the tank to see off AFC Fylde and anything other than a home win would be a huge shock.