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Wilson's runners and riders

17 August 2012

In an exclusive BladesPlayer interview earlier this week, Danny Wilson gives his thoughts on some of the potential runners and riders in League One this term.

First up, Graham Turner brings his newly promoted Shrewsbury Town to Bramall Lane on Saturday so we started by asking Wilson him about the newly promoted teams:

"Graham has always had well organised teams throughout his career, he is fantastic manager with years of experience and knows the game inside out.

"His Shrewsbury side may not be the most fashionable or for that matter high profile but make no mistake Graham will have a team capable of getting results.

"It will certainly be a tough test for us particularly as it the first game of the season and they will be inspired by Bramall Lane as many teams are in this division.

"Swindon Town have spent very heavily in recent times, so they have some very good players within their squad and they may well add to them before the transfer window closes.

"I presume they will up there or thereabouts as the season goes along and we know they will be really big test for us.

"Crewe under Steve Davis have become a little more resilient defensively, you used to see them involved in some really high scoring games which I think under has changed a bit under Steve.

"He has added some steel to the team defensively.

"Crawley have undergone a lot of changes recently, which I am not sure is for the better. The comings and goings there have seen them lose some quality players and I am sure they will have brought some in but in there favour is a very tight ground which is always difficult to go to and get a result."

Three more new arrivals to League One in the shape of the relegated teams from Championship were next on the agenda given the Blades second league game is away at Coventry City.

"Both Doncaster Rovers and Coventry City will want to bounce straight back at the first time of asking, they find themselves in the same position as we were this time last season.

"They will both have retained some players from last season and you would expect them to be up there challenging.

"Because of everything that has happened of pitch at Portsmouth they are at this time an unknown quantity."

Looking elsewhere, Wilson insisted the division could be blown wide open by several challenges for the top six:

"There are a number teams in League One that it is easy look past and not take much notice of the like of Tranmere for example who are well established at this level and who are always likely to put results together and upset some of the more fancied teams.

"Preston North End have spent a lot of money and signed something like 15 or 16 players, they have laid down a marker and are clearly intent on going for promotion back to the Championship.

"MK Dons have just signed Ryan Lowe from Sheffield Wednesday, he scored a lot of goals last season and they will be intent on going one better this time.

"They are good footballing side who have to be taken seriously as contenders this season.

"Carlisle United came close last season and I expect them to be there or thereabouts this time around. I don't think anyone has been to Brunton Park and had an easy game!

"It is a very difficult place to go; their home form is usually very good. They have lost a couple of forwards so we will have to see if that affects them but you would expect Greg (Abbott) to put together another very resilient team.

"Brentford like Carlisle are always strong at home and they have manager (Uwe Rosler) who always encourages his team to go forward and I think they again will be in and around the play-off places."


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