Ched out to make it five on the trot

Great run: Blades striker Ched Evans.     Picture: Steve parkin
Great run: Blades striker Ched Evans. Picture: Steve parkin
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HE’S very much the man of the moment down at Bramall lane right now is Ched Evans.

The doubters have been quietened thanks to his run of goalscoring which now stands at 11 since he got into the side in September having missed the opening nine games of the season.

This Saturday, in the home game against Rochdale, he can add another little notch onto his goalscoring belt by achieving something that hasn’t been done since 2008 by a Blades player.

Having scored in four successive appearances, he will be aiming to score for a fifth successive United game and no player and no player has done that since - James Beattie managed five on the trot.

That was towards the end of the 2007/08 season when Beattie scored in five successive games, totalling seven goals in all in that spell.

It included probably his most popular goal - the late equaliser from that stunning free-kick against Sheffield Wednesday in the 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane on that Tuesday evening in April after a rumbustious city derby in front of nearly 32,000.

Beattie’s sequence began with a penalty in a 3-1 defeat at Preston at the end of March and he followed this up with one of the fastest hat-tricks in United history.

This was scored between the 12th and 19th minutes in a 3-0 win over Leicester City at the Lane, one of them from the penalty spot.

The others came in a 2-1 win at Burnley and a 2-0 home win over Hull City.

In all that season Beattie scored 22 goals. The next best was Billy Sharp with six.

In the four games - all won by the Blades - Evans has pocketed himself six goals including doubles in the FA Cup successes over Oxford United and Torquay United.

The run began after the JPT loss on penalties to Bradford City. He had been substituted by the time of the shoot-out but any goal scored in them isn’t listed in a player’s goalscoring statistics.