United shooting for promotion

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DANNY Wilson is confident Sheffield United have enough firepower to sustain a successful League One campaign after watching Ched Evans’ continue his remarkable run of form.

The Wales international scored the only goal of the game against John Sheridan’s Chesterfield as the visitors kept up the pressure on the League One pace-setters. Wilson admitted James Beattie’s return to Bramall Lane on a short-term contract has “created a buzz” around the club but said: “James isn’t the only striker we’ve got here and every single one of our centre-forwards is capable of getting goals at this level.

“Ched has shown what he can do again and there’s even more to come from him. I still don’t think he’s realised his potential. I’m also confident in Chris Porter’s ability to hit the target on a regular basis and I thought he showed his commitment by going back out on the pitch after needing stitches in a nasty gash to his head. We’ve got Cressy (Richard Cresswell) and then there’s James to come in too.

“We know that when he gets fit then he’s going to be capable of doing it as well because, let’s be honest, he’s hit the target at a much higher level than this on a consistent basis. It pleases me because we’ve got to use these lads sensibly. There are going to be times when one gets injured or has to miss out for other reasons so it’s good that, whatever happens, there are people here who can step-in.”

Cresswell did not travel to Chesterfield after being struck down by a stomach bug while midfielder Nick Montgomery was granted leave of absence due to personal reasons. Evans took his tally for the season to nine with a superb effort ensuring United remained fifth in the table.

Wilson added: “James being here will keep everyone on their toes; that can only be a good thing. That’s the type of competition you want, you always needs things to chivvy people up throughout the season.”