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Danny's rallying call

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15:00 15th February 2013

Danny Wilson is urging his players to take the bull by the horns when the Blades host Colchester United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.


Wilson is wary of the recent upturn in the U's fortunes, but is adamant the onus is on his players to give the supporters something to get excited about.


Looking ahead to the weekend, the manager said: "Colchester have had a few good results in recent weeks, to lift them away from the relegation zone, but they will want a bit more breathing space. We will be facing a team that is on an up, confidence-wise, and like I always say, they will be looking forward to playing at Bramall Lane.


"I am not dismissing the challenge Colchester will pose, but Saturday is solely about us and how we play.


"In the last two matches we have concentrated on how our play can affect the game and, in doing so, impressed ourselves on to the opposition. Away wins always need compounding with victories at home - if we can get the three points against Colchester it will put the six points on the road into perspective.


"We haven't collected enough points at home this season and the return of late has been poor. We are approaching the game with a bit of a shift in mentality, we aren't going to sit back and hope something happens, we aim to throw the shackles off and really express ourselves.


"There is no pressure because if we relax and play to our strengths we have the ability to win a lot of points - and that is our aim."


Wilson also denied his players are unable to handle the pressure and expectation that comes with playing at the Lane.


He continued: "Sheffield United has always been a club expected to achieve things and rightly so, but there is no point heaping more pressure on the lads because that won't help them perform to the best of their ability.


"Talking a lot makes certain players anxious; I don't believe for one minute this perception about keeping the crowd quiet for 20 minutes or so. I don't care whether we are under the cosh or not. What I want us to do is get on the front foot from the first minute, both home and away.


"The fans have been brilliant all season and they back us in numbers every week, our challenge is to keep them on their toes and make something happen. Our supporters will be one of our biggest assets between now and the end of the season, going forward and we have to utilise that asset."