Unplayable: That’s Ched

My ball:  Ched Evans carries off the match ball after his trio of goals.'                 Picture: Steve ellis
My ball: Ched Evans carries off the match ball after his trio of goals.' Picture: Steve ellis

DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, described Ched Evans as “unplayable” after watching the Wales international fire his team back into League One’s automatic promotion places last night.

Evans put Chesterfield to the sword with a second-half hat-trick which moved Wilson’s side back above arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the rankings with only seven matches of the campaign remaining.

Speaking after the former Manchester City marksman had taken his tally for the season to 30, Wilson said: “Ched is unplayable at times. I’d hate to be a defender coming-up against him because when he’s in that sort of mood there’s just nothing you can do.

“All we have to do at the moment is just keep feeding him and feeding him. Just keep giving Ched the ball. The great thing about the lad is that he’s got so much confidence. Even when he misses it doesn’t put him off because he knows another chance is going to come along.”

Chesterfield looked set to follow Sunday’s JP Trophy triumph with a creditable draw when Franck Moussa cancelled-out Lee Williamson’s opener for the hosts. But Evans had other ideas and pounced three times in 15 explosive minutes.

While United climb to second, it was “important to get that goal difference boosted as well” Wilson insisted. “It could come down to that.”

Of bottom club Spireties, Wilson said: “I don’t know how Chesterfield are where they are.

“They must have had some wretched luck because they made things really difficult for us at the start. Honestly, it really does surprise me.

“But although they might be disappointed with some of the defending, when they look back over the course of the season they’ll see that Ched has done exactly the same thing to a lot of other teams as well. It’s great to see him with so much self-belief but, to be fair to the lad, it’s not just his finishing.

“Together with his team mates, he contributes in other areas of the pitch too.”