Wilson ready to strike out

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Danny Wilson’s mantra of “you can never have too many strikers” could well shape Sheffield United’s recruitment drive for the promotion run-in.

Which might seem strange to say for a side that has just won 5-2 away from home, a vital victory over Notts County that cushions the second-placed Blades against having no match this weekend.

It also underlined that a direct replacement for midfield warrior Nick Montgomery, now on Championship loan duty with Millwall, is not necessarily the most pressing priority.

Montgomery’s release was timed to coincide with Kevin McDonald’s highly influential return to fitness, which has freed Lee Williamson for the wide-right role where he has been most effective.

Wilson’s focus is very much on creativity and penetration and McDonald’s value to both causes was never better demonstrated than by the loss of direction during his absence. Richard Cresswell and Chris Porter as partners to Ched Evans, with recently acquired Will Hoskins and James Beattie also in the mix.

Evans continues to carry the main burden of goalscoring - 27 for the season now - and the output from the position alongside has been less than prolific. Five different scorers on Tuesday was ideal in one sense and maybe not in another.

But above all, it was a terrific response to the psychological warfare whipped up by football fans across the city. Wilson, who hailed the performance as “special, absolutely outstanding”, said: “We’ve come under pressure from certain quarters - that’s how you answer it.”

Whatever the Owls’ result this weekend, United have a chance to cement second spot against bottom team Chesterfield at Bramall Lane next Wednesday.