All Rhodes lead to Evans

On the mark: Lee Williamson scores on Wednesday as prolific United hit the goal trail yet again
On the mark: Lee Williamson scores on Wednesday as prolific United hit the goal trail yet again
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DANNY Wilson would not swap Ched Evans for any other striker in League One.

The Sheffield United manager made the admission after watching Evans score his 30th goal of the season against Chesterfield in midweek.

Although the Wales international trails Huddersfield Town’s Jordan Rhodes (35) in the race for the divisional golden boot, Wilson told The Star: “I wouldn’t want to have anyone else in this competition instead of Ched. For me, he’s the best there is.

“I know he’s behind Jordan in the goal stakes but they are very different players.

“Ched has got attributes and qualities that Jordan hasn’t.

“The same probably goes the other way around.

“But as far as I’m concerned, given the way we play and the way he fits in, there isn’t anyone out there better than Ched.”

Evans reached the landmark total when he completed the first hat-trick of his senior career during Wednesday’s 4-1 rout of John Sheridan’s side.

Midfielder Lee Williamson netted for the tenth time this term with a clinical finish before Franck Moussa’s equaliser offered Chesterfield a brief glimmer of hope.

“For Willo to get into double figures is tremendous,” Wilson added. “Absolutely tremendous, especially when you consider the position he plays.

“There are still areas where we can improve though.

“I still think we don’t get enough from set-plays and that the centre-halves could have got a few more but you can always be critical.”

Having hit the target nine times in their last two outings, second-placed United travel to Hartlepool tomorrow looking to enhance their Championship credentials.

“To be getting that type of return does give me great satisfaction,” Wilson said. “Because we set out to play attacking and entertaining football.

“But we also wanted to get results. That goes without saying and at the moment we’ve been able to combine the two.

“There’s no point in going out there and just being show ponies. None whatsoever.

“We’ve achieved nothing yet and, as far as we’re all concerned, we are nowhere near the level we want to be at regarding our all round play either so we’ll keep working hard and trying to improve.”

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