SHEFFIELD UNITED: Lee Williamson leaps out of Ched Evans’ shadow

Celebration: Lee Williamson after his goal at Rochdale which took him to 11 goals of the season, including three in his last five starts, despite playing out of his favourite position.'           Picture: bruce rollinson
Celebration: Lee Williamson after his goal at Rochdale which took him to 11 goals of the season, including three in his last five starts, despite playing out of his favourite position.' Picture: bruce rollinson

AS THE great entertainers proved once again at Spotland, there is so much more to Sheffield United than just Ched Evans.

Prolific striker Evans took his tally to 34 in all competitions with his brace at Rochdale to further enhance his reputation as one of the hottest properties outside the top flight.

But while the Welsh international, who was named the League One Player of the Month for March, has bagged the majority of the goals and accolades, the secret to their success has been the supply line.

The midfield quartet of Lee Williamson, Michael Doyle, Kevin McDonald and Stephen Quinn have been outstanding as a unit.

Williamson’s contribution has slipped, slightly, underneath the radar because of Evans goal-scoring exploits.

But he has found the net 11 times, including three in his last five starts, despite being deployed on the right flank, which is not his favoured position.

The return from injury of McDonald has coincided with United’s improved form. The tall Scottish player dovetails superbly with Doyle in the middle of the park and the partnership oozes class.

Then there is Quinn, who leads the way for assists in the division, having set-up 14.

In the wake of their 5-2 victory at Rochdale, manager Danny Wilson said: “I wouldn’t like to be a defender coming up against Ched [Evans] because he shoots when he sees the whites of the ’keepers’ eyes.

“But he’s not the only player in this team. Everyone contributes as Ched will be the first to tell you.”

Having scored in all of his last six matches, Evans trails Huddersfield Town’s Jordan Rhodes, the leading goal-scorer in the country, by three but Wilson insists the prodigiously talented striker’s top priority is to help United get back into the Championship at the first time of asking.

Wilson said: “Ched has not said anything to me about it. He is just focusing on the team game. He is doing very well.

“I don’t think for one minute he is worried about anyone else. He is more worried about us getting results.”