DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, claimed his team had scored an important psychological victory after climbing to the top of the League One table courtesy of a deserved victory over Crawley Town.
Two free-kicks from Tony McMahon saw the visitors answer Wilson’s call to pressurise their promotion rivals ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Scunthorpe at Bramall Lane.
And Wilson, who predicted the former Middlesbrough defender’s prowess at set-pieces could prove a potent weapon in the battle for Championship football next term, told The Star: “From a mental perspective, to be in first place is really, really important.
“It’s going to fill the lads with confidence and they’ll be determined to stay in a good position too.
“There are plenty of twists and turns to come but they’re not going to want to give that away. It changes the whole mood around the club too because hopefully we’ve sent the fans home happy. And that could raise the atmosphere even a notch further when we return to action at our place.”
“Every top team, even those in the Premier League, have someone who’s dangerous from set-pieces,” Wilson added. “Now people know that we’ve got one too and that could make them very wary and nervous around the area because, if they give anything away, they’ve seen what Tony is capable of doing. We’ve always known he’s got that in his locker and he executed them superbly out there.
“They were both very different techniques too. The second one, I’m telling you now, three keepers wouldn’t have kept out of the net.”
Dave Kitson was preferred to Chris Porter in attack Richard Cresswell, who agreed a player/coach contract earlier this year, missed the game due to a scouting mission.