United boss praises team’s spirit

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DANNY Wilson hopes Sheffield United have dealt their promotion rivals a psychological blow after strengthening their grip on second place in the League One table courtesy of last night’s victory over Scunthorpe.

Second-half goals from Lee Williamson and substitute Stephen Quinn enabled Wilson’s side to move five points clear of their nearest rivals despite seeing Mark Duffy fire the visitors in front before the break. But despite paying tribute to his team’s character, the United manager acknowledged the dismissal of Scunthorpe captain Sam Togwell had helped swing the contest.

“We’ve established a bit of a cushion and hopefully that will be a boost for us mentally,” Wilson said. “We weren’t at the races at the start, we didn’t pass the ball as well as we can do and were pedestrian.

“But at this stage of the season it’s all about results.” Wilson’s decision to introduce Quinn and Richard Cresswell at half time coincided with an up-turn in United’s performance.

“We knew that we had to find another gear and Cressy and Quinny gave us that,” he added. “We’d played a ferocious match (Steel City derby) at the weekend and thought it might be a good time to give them a bit of a rest.”