Ched Evans returned to the fold for Sheffield United after five months out with injury and notched the equalsier.
The Wales international started this afternoon’s visit to Scunthorpe on the bench as he looks to get his career back on track during a turbulent chapter in his life both on and off the pitch.
Danny Wilson expressed his respect for Scunthorpe on the eve of today’s visit to Glanford Park.
His Sheffield United players spent the opening 25 minutes also admiring their talents before a straight red card for Barcham seemed to hand them a route back into this feisty encounter.
United found themselves under the cosh until Barcham saw red.
Alan Knill, Scunthrope’s manager, had described United’s as one of the most prized scalps in the division, and predicted this contest would provide an accurate gauge of Scunthorpe’s own progress.
The potential turning point came in the 25th minute when Barcham was sent-off for a foul on Doyle in front of United’s support. His initial tackle seemed clean but the midfielder was left needing treatment after apparently being caught by a boot milliseconds after the ball had gone.
But seconds before the break, DAGNALL ran at United’s rearguard from deep before curling the ball beyond Simonsen.
Sub Tonne’s T first act was to inexplicably shoot wide when United, finally, carved open Scunthorpe’s back four.
Evans replaced Porter in the 65th minute and Jean-Francois was booked in the 66th. United, despite predictably dominating possession, were not moving the ball with any pace. Still, Cresswell should have dragged them back on level terms in the 70th minute from Quinn’s cross but took a fresh air shot.
EVANS, though, made no mistake by hooking home in the 72nd minute following a melee in the box. Cresswell was involved and when the ball looped up, the United substitute pounced.
Urged forward by their fans, United sensed blood.
Evans, who went close 10 minutes from time, looked as sharp as at any time during his Lane career.
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