Hard-working Cresswell on the brink of one-match ban

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RICHARD Cresswell will be walking a disciplinary tightrope for the fourth match in a row when Sheffield United entertain Carlisle United on Saturday.

The striker is one booking away from suspension as the Blades prepare to host the 10th-placed Cumbrians.

The 34-year-old, who can operate on either flank or up front, chalked up his fourth booking of the campaign in the victory over MK Dons last month. Players who receive five yellow cards before December 31 get an automatic one-match ban which takes effect immediately. Haiti international Lecsinel Jean-Francois has already served a ban for hitting this total.

Player who accumulate 10 yellows before the second Sunday of April receive an automatic two-match suspension.

Cresswell, who has notched five goals in 20 appearances this term, also picked up cautions against Brentford, Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday. In all competitions, he has committed 38 fouls, the most by any United player.

Stephen Quinn, Nick Montgomery, Matthew Lowton, Michael Doyle and Lee Williamson are all on three bookings.

Experienced forward Cresswell is likely to lead the attack when Carlisle travel to South Yorkshire as Wilson’s troops look to get back on track in League One.

Wilson described Cresswell’s contribution in the FA Cup triumph over Oxford United as “immense”, praising his work ethic and closing down of defenders. His impressive form alongside Welsh ace Ched Evans means summer signing Chris Porter is poised to be on the substitutes bench again.

Ryan Flynn, who claimed his first goal in United colours after coming on for Quinn, is pressing for a start while Wilson will have Jean-Francois back from international duty.