RICHARD Cresswell, the Sheffield United striker, has vowed to push himself through the pain barrier in an effort to rescue the club’s Championship dream.
United slipped to third in the League One table with only one game remaining when they were held by Stevenage on Saturday evening and, having entered the match seemingly destined for automatic promotion, now appear set for the Play-offs instead.
Despite requiring several pain killing injections in his injured shoulder beforehand, Cresswell’s emergence as a second-half substitute proved the catalyst for a marked improvement in United’s performance against the visitors.
The former Leeds and Stoke City marksman, who is also nursing a broken nose and fractured hand, scored his 10th goal of the season as Danny Wilson’s side came from 2-0 down to claim a point during a barnstorming finish.
Afterwards, Cresswell said: “I’m ready to do whatever it takes. I needed some jabs on Friday and then another just beforehand but I’ll do whatever I can for the team.
“Could I have started the game? That’s a good question. I’ve got a huge amount of respect for the manager here and his decision-making so I’m happy to go along with his selection. Both him and his staff will do what is best for me and the group as a whole.”
Cresswell added: “I’ll be speaking with the physios and seeing what we can do.
“I’m ready to be involved and contribute in any way I can. I’m not one to give up and no one else here is either.”
United travel to Exeter City this weekend knowing they must win and hope Wycombe Wanderers can record a shock result at second-placed Sheffield Wednesday if they are to reclaim the runners-up berth they surrendered in dramatic fashion two days ago.
Cresswell added: “We’re disappointed of course we are but we’ve got to lift ourselves because you never know what can happen.
“Strange things can occur on the final day.”