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Positive start is crucial

4 February 2013

Danny Wilson is demanding his team must get out of the traps quickly in Tuesday's League One clash with Crawley Town at Bramall Lane.

A slow start in Friday's encounter with Coventry City infuriated the Blades boss and he is adamant things must improve against the Red Devils.

Speaking at Monday's press gathering at Shirecliffe, the Gaffer feels poor starts have ultimately proved to be United's Achilles heel in recent weeks, which has seen us slip to three consecutive home reversals:

"We had lots of things to say at half-time on Friday, we had so much to address and in the second half, despite losing the game in the end, we did. So what we must do in the future is start games as we finished against Coventry.

"Some lads need to put more leg work in and that is both in attacking and defensive situations. We need to stamp our authority on games and not let the opposition set the tone. We can't always be chasing the game and surrendering the initiative, our start to matches is crucial and at the moment we are working hard to address that situation.

"We have some experience in the dressing room now and that is going to be vital - I would like to think the players can embrace the expectation and handle the pressure."

Wilson is hoping his team can respond in a positive manner against Richie Barker's Crawley.

The Gaffer concluded: "Looking at the results at the weekend it would appear the pressure is affecting our rivals too. It is fantastic for everyone at the top of the table, challenging for promotion, but there is also a pressure attached, regardless of the expectation.

"There is going to be some anxiety amongst the supporters if things aren't going right when our expectation level is so high.

"We need to overcome this nervousness and dictate what the atmosphere is like. Once we got on the front foot on Friday the fans backed us and, like me, I am sure they thought we would kick on and win the game."

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