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Goal! Lee Williamson celebrates his goal, the third of United's three goals against Bury.
Goal! Lee Williamson celebrates his goal, the third of United's three goals against Bury.
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RICHARD Cresswell told Sheffield United supporters they have a crucial role to play in the South Yorkshire club’s campaign to reclaim its Championship status after watching them swamp Gigg Lane.

Over half of the 6,970 crowd that watched Saturday’s League One encounter with Bury had travelled across the Pennines and they were rewarded when goals from Cresswell, Ched Evans and Lee Williamson propelled Danny Wilson’s side to their 11th victory in 12 games.

Afterwards, the United manager described his team’s backing as “simply phenomenal.” and “out of this world”.

Echoing those sentiments, Cresswell told The Star: “People might laugh when you talk about the fans being a 12th man but it’s not only a cliché. It really is true.

“To walk out and see so many of them here really drove us on. To see them at both ends of the stadium really did inspire us before a ball had even been kicked.

“When you can hear them cheering you on and getting behind you then it does give you an extra edge during those moments when things might not be going your way.

“If there’s 25 or 50 people watching you then, although that’s still really appreciated, I’d be lying if I said it had the same effect.”

Wilson, who again insisted there is “nothing to report” in the transfer market, paid tribute to his players’ “professionalism” after watching them strike three times after a goalless first-half.

Despite failing to hit the target, Kevin McDonald was the driving force behind another fine performance from second-placed United who travel to leaders Charlton Athletic this weekend.

Vowing to embrace the pressure of a promotion campaign, Cresswell, a member of the squad which was relegated last season, said: “I’m going to enjoy every last minute of it from here on in and hopefully we can achieve what we want although nothing is decided yet. Far from it. There’s an awful long way to go yet and a lot can happen.

“But why would you get bothered about being in this situation. Quite the opposite, as far as I’m concerned, being in these types of situations are what you play football for.”