Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson has backed his side for automatic promotion after they powered to the top of League One with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth.

A Jamie Murphy strike after 18 minutes saw the Blades become the first team to defeat promotion rivals Bournemouth at home since September 29.

Scotland Under-21 international and former Motherwell star Murphy capitalised on a slip from full-back Marcos Painter to tap-in after his initial shot had rebounded back off a post.

The victory is United's fourth in a row and Wilson is hoping that his side can now stay clear of the chasing pack, and he said: "I am sure the league will change before the season is out but I hope it changes underneath us rather than involving us.

"I think we have fought very hard the last four games and been terrific. We have given ourselves a real chance.

"Anybody who puts a good run of wins together will have a great chance. At this moment we are keeping our side of the bargain."

Bournemouth's second defeat in a row saw The Cherries drop to sixth and boss Eddie Howe was disappointed with his flair players. The normally clinical Lewis Grabban could only shoot straight at George Long before Harry Arter had a stinging effort blocked on the line by Michael Doyle.

Howe said: "We lacked that spark. Our big-match players didn't perform and we need them to dig us out of holes sometimes.

"I thought we were the better team and had a lot of possession but full credit to Sheffield united for how they defended. They gave us full respect and we huffed and puffed but never hurt them enough.

"We need to win some games, nothing has been decided here, it is a disappointing result but we have to go again. Consecutive defeats hurt everyone badly but we need to bounce back."