SHEFFIELD UNITED: Ched Evans is one of the best: Danny Wilson

Goalden boy: Ched Evans celebrates after giving United the lead at Rochdale.              Picture: StEVE PARKIN
Goalden boy: Ched Evans celebrates after giving United the lead at Rochdale. Picture: StEVE PARKIN

DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, insisted he is prepared for the race for automatic promotion to go right down to the wire following last night’s victory at Rochdale.

United regained second place in the League One table with a 5-2 victory over the division’s bottom club.

Goals from Ched Evans (2), Kevin McDonald, Lee Williamson and Michael Doyle saw the visitors move two points ahead of neighbours Sheffield Wednesday with only four matches remaining.

And afterwards Wilson, who paid tribute to his team’s character, said: “I’ve maintained all along that when you’ve got two clubs like ourselves and Sheffield Wednesday in the same division that it could go all the way.

“That’s what we’re ready for and that’s what we’ve prepared for.

“We’re both from the same passionate footballing city and it’s a great story for some.

“But, really, we are just focusing on ourselves and making sure our own house is in order rather than worrying about anybody else.”

With Wednesday briefly dislodging United from the top two following their victory over Oldham Athletic on Bank Holiday Monday, Wilson added: “You could see out there that we are in control of our own emotions.

“I’ve never had any doubts about the lads’ make-up in that regard and we know they can play football too.

“Let me tell you, that was harder than it looked because despite being where they are, Rochdale are by far from being to worst team in this division. They’ve got some good players and kept on going right until the end.

“We’ll just keep trying to enjoy ourselves because that’s the attitude you’ve got to have.”

Evans took his tally for the season to 34 with a first-half brace before being substituted midway through the second period. Wilson said: “I’ve worked with some great strikers and I’ve played with some too. Ched is right up there with them.

“I won’t name them but the same goes for some other lads here too. “I wouldn’t like to be a defender coming up against Ched.”