SHEFFIELD UNITED: Cressy eyes fan power

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SHEFFIELD United supporters have been told they have a crucial role to play as the battle for automatic promotion from League One approaches end game.

Richard Cresswell - whose goal helped United see off Bournemouth on Saturday - and manager Danny Wilson both issued rallying cries ahead of tomorrow’s crucial encounter at Rochdale.

Over 3,000 United followers are set to make the journey to Spotland for a match which, Wilson conceded last night, could have a huge bearing on which of the three teams jostling for position behind leaders Charlton Athletic are fast-tracked into the Championship next term.

Cresswell said: “We need the fans behind us now because they shouldn’t underestimate what a difference they can make.

“When we went to Bury earlier this season they filled three sides of the ground and made it feel like a home game.

“Really, it was something else.

“We know Rochdale is going to be tough because they’ll be fighting for their lives and giving everything.

“Exactly the same as we’ll be doing.”

“These are the situations you are in football for,” Cresswell added. “To be right up there and in with a shout towards the end of the season.

“We’re not feeling the pressure. Just focusing on ourselves.”

With Sheffield Wednesday beating Huddersfield Town earlier in the day, United kicked-off against Paul Groves’ side in third place but climbed back to second when Cresswell pounced after Ched Evans had scored his 32nd of the season.

United were forced to endure a nervous finish when Zavon Hines pulled one back for Bournemouth.

Wilson said: “That’s another game and another step closer. If we can go to Rochdale and get another good result then that will be excellent but we know how tough that’s going to be.

“Sometimes I think the fans get a little bit more anxious than we do but that’s understandable.

“If this is a trend then long may it continue.”