DANNY Wilson has revealed Richard Cresswell is so determined to lead Sheffield United to promotion that he fears for his safety every time the striker is substituted.
Cresswell, whose performances have helped United climb to second in the League One table with four matches remaining, is set to feature against Leyton Orient today despite nursing a broken nose and fractured hand.
Describing the 34-year-old as one of his squad’s unsung heroes, Wilson said: “The fact Cressy is doing what he’s doing says everything you need to know about his character and commitment.
“In fact, every time I sub him I think he could slot me. Cressy is never happy about it and he lets me know, but we always have a good laugh about it afterwards.
“Seriously, the effort he puts in is an example to everyone.”
The United manager added: “Other players might get more attention but we don’t underestimate what Cressy does for us.
“He’s set the tempo for the entire team right from the start of the game by closing down keepers and chasing defenders.”
Cresswell’s partnership with Ched Evans, United’s leading goalscorer, has been a driving force behind an impressive sequence of results which means Wilson’s side entertain Orient this afternoon looking to record their sixth straight win.
Although Evans, together with midfielders Kevin McDonald and Lee Williamson, has dominated Bramall Lane’s news agenda of late, Wilson also acknowledged Michael Doyle’s contribution last night.
The United captain initially failed to impress after being signed from Coventry City by Wilson’s predecessor Micky Adams but has blossomed under the new regime’s tutelage.
Wilson said: “Doyler is a quiet assassin and I love that about him.
“In the past, perhaps he was a little bit rash and you never knew exactly what he was going to do.
“But even though Doyler is as tenacious as ever, he’s definitely more disciplined, and that’s benefited him and also those around him.”
United, who travel to MK Dons next week, were held to a draw by Orient in October.
The visitors are one place and four points above the relegation zone after losing eight of their previous 10 outings.
But Wilson warned: “Orient have got some very good players so we’ll be taking nothing for granted against them.
“This time last year they were going for the play-offs.”