SHEFFIELD UNITED: No-fuss Collins determined to seize the chance

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“I just want promotion. It’s as simple as that. I want to make the most of this situation.”

Neill Collins, the Sheffield United centre-half, talks exactly as he plays. No fuss, frills or nonsense. And straight to the point.

But can Danny Wilson’s side, who could enter today’s match against Stevenage knowing a win would be enough to deliver promotion from League One, pip a resurgent Sheffield Wednesday to second place without Ched Evans?

The Wales international had scored a remarkable 35 goals in 42 appearances before being jailed last week.

Evans, whose legal team has since revealed he is seeking to appeal his rape conviction, appeared to be sorely missed when United slipped to defeat at MK Dons seven days ago. But, as Collins reminded on the eve of this evening’s game, Wilson’s men managed perfectly well before their attacking talisman returned from injury 10 fixtures into the campaign.

“We didn’t have Ched at the start of the season and we were still right up there,” Collins said. “We’ve got a good mix here.

“Michael O’Halloran has really impressed since coming in, Cressy (Richard Cresswell) is a quality operator and so is Chris Porter who’s chipped in with a fair few goals.”