Ched leads the way up

Ched Evans - Sheffield United.  Pic: Martyn Harrison
Ched Evans - Sheffield United. Pic: Martyn Harrison
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson hailed Ched Evans’ strength of character after watching the Wales centre-forward bolster his side’s hopes of automatic promotion from League One.

Evans claimed his 24th and 25th goals of the season as United shattered Brentford’s seven-match unbeaten record at Griffin Park and maintained their grip on second spot behind leaders Charlton Athletic.

But Wilson insisted he was just as impressed by his leading scorer’s response to a horrendous first-half miss as he was the two goals which put Uwe Rosler’s team to the sword.

Evans, having earlier converted in emphatic fashion following Chris Porter’s flick-on, inexplicably screwed wide with the net at his mercy.

But a clinical finish soon after the interval spared his blushes and prompted Wilson to claim: “Ched has got so much self-belief at the moment, you know he’s going to score. That’s the great thing about him. He never gets disappointed.

“He never crumbled after missing what for him was probably his easiest chance of the game.

“He just keeps on plugging away and that’s why he gets the rewards.”

Evans’ resurgence under Wilson after two barren seasons at Bramall Lane has been a driving force behind United’s climb-up the table in recent months.

Despite a recent run of poor form, they travel to Colchester tomorrow knowing that victory would see them move four points clear of third-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

Wilson, reporting no fresh injury worries, said: “That was a mega win. Especially at such a tough ground against such tough opposition.

“The lads were really professional, really solid and the clean sheet was a bonus.

“We defended ever so well and our goalie Simmo only really had one shot to save.

“Brentford are good, very good, but I thought we could have even won by more.”