SHEFFIELD UNITED: Quinn’s happy to assist!

Notts County v Sheffield United'Stephen Quinn celebrates after scoring
Notts County v Sheffield United'Stephen Quinn celebrates after scoring

HIS record of five goals and 14 assists would ordinarily be enough to guarantee star billing at Bramall Lane.

But Stephen Quinn, the Sheffield United midfielder, is happy to swap points for plaudits as Danny Wilson’s side continue their pursuit of a top two finish in League One this term.

“I’m not bothered about getting personal glory,” Quinn told The Star. “What I am bothered about it trying to get this club promotion.

“Ched (Evans) and Macca (Kevin McDonald) are probably the two lads who are getting most of the headlines and attention at the moment and quite rightly so because they’re both excellent players and they’ve done brilliantly for us.

“Nobody begrudges them that one little bit.

“We’re all trying to achieve the same thing.”

Evans’ renaissance under Wilson’s tutelage has been one of the stories of United’s season.

Having hit the target on only 13 occasions during his first two seasons in South Yorkshire, the Wales international scored his 35th of the campaign against Leyton Orient six days ago.

McDonald, an old-fashioned playmaker, has also captured the imagination of supporters who had braced themselves for nine months of hard slog following last year’s relegation from the Championship.

But Quinn, who made his United debut in 2005, remains an important cog in Wilson’s well-oiled machine.

Indeed, according to the club’s official figures, the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international is responsible for creating nearly 14 per cent of his team’s strikes in all competitions since August.

Nevertheless, Quinn accepts that his performances have “probably tailed off a little bit” in recent weeks.

Fellow wideman Lee Williamson has benefited from consistent selections at right-back - Matthew Lowton a mainstay of United’s defence.

But Quinn’s efforts to forge a similar partnership along their left flank have been hampered by a combination of injury and suspension.

“I had a really good partnership going with Lecsy (Lecsinel Jean-Francois) at the start of the season,” Quinn said.

“But since he did his knee ligaments I’ve played with three more left-backs and that does make it a little bit more difficult.

“That’s not a criticism of anyone because they’ll tell you exactly the same, that it takes a little while to get a partnership going properly.

“I made a really strong start and I admit that over the last three or four games I’ve not been quite up to my usual standards.

“But over the course of an entire season it’s impossible for anyone to be right at the top of their form all the time.”

Four points ahead of their nearest rivals, Sheffield Wednesday, with three matches left to play, United head to MK Dons knowing that a win would be enough to deliver automatic promotion if Carlisle also prevail at Hillsborough tomorrow.

Equally, defeat against opponents looking to consolidate their grip on fourth could see their margin for error during meetings with Stevenage and Exeter City become uncomfortably slim.

Quinn, who credits a loan spell at MK Dons earlier in his career for “turning me into a man”, said: “There’s an awful long way to go yet and a lot of football to be played so none of the lads here are getting carried away.

“We all recognise we’ve got to stay focused and to keep on working hard.

“Nothing can be taken for granted in this division at all.”