The final assault

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SHEFFIELD United have vowed to enter the League One finishing straight with all guns blazing.

Danny Wilson’s side return to action against Chesterfield tomorrow knowing that only a defeat will prevent them from reclaiming second place with seven games remaining.

United, the leading scorers in Football League competition, bolstered their options last week by signing Scotland under-21 forward Michael O’Halloran on loan from Bolton Wanderers.

But, despite acknowledging the race for automatic promotion could “go right down to the wire,” Wilson plans to unleash his full attacking arsenal during the final eight matches of the campaign rather than adopt a safety-first approach.

Describing last week’s 5-2 victory over play-off hopefuls Notts County as the perfect tactical template, the United manager said: “We went straight at it from the start and made sure they (County) had their backs turned towards their own goal and didn’t give them any encouragement.”

O’Halloran, who could make his United debut against John Sheridan’s JP Trophy winners, will compete with 27-goal Ched Evans, Richard Cresswell, Chris Porter, James Beattie, Will Hoskins and Ryan Flynn for a role in Bramall Lane’s frontline.

Nevertheless, Wilson has reassured supporters that United, who slipped to third when Sheffield Wednesday beat Leyton Orient three days ago, will not be cavalier, adding: “We’ve worked hard as a team and looked nice and strong defensively.

“We didn’t overcook it at the back because, if you do, then that’s when you can put yourself under pressure. People keep talking about pressure but we don’t feel under any because we’re looking at the situation a completely different way.”