DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, believes he has enough options at his disposal to spring a tactical surprise on teams between now and the end of their season.
Wilson, who must decide whether to name Richard Cresswell in United’s starting 11 at Exeter City this weekend, could contemplate further changes to the Bramall Lane club’s attack in an effort to secure automatic promotion from League One.
Having seen Sheffield Wednesday leapfrog above them in the table, United must hope Dave Jones’ side drop points when they play their final match of the campaign against Wycombe Wanderers to stand any chance of avoiding the play-offs.
Wilson, who recently hinted that youngster Danny Philliskirk is being considered for a more prominent role after spending much of his United career in the reserves, said: “We’ve got options up there and we can do things a little bit differently if that’s what we decide is best.
“There are players here who give us the flexibility to do that.”
Despite nursing a horrendous catalogue of injuries, Cresswell pressed his claims for a start against Paul Tisdale’s side with a commanding display during Saturday’s draw with Stevenage, a result which saw United slip to third in the rankings.
Fellow substitutes Ryan Flynn and James Beattie also made positive contributions as Wilson’s men fought back from 2-0 down to come within a whisker of snatching the win which would have left them on the brink of securing a top-two finish.
Meanwhile, tickets have gone on sale for United’s live beam-back of this weekend’s fixture at St James’ Park.
With Exeter making only 1,700 seats available to visiting supporters, officials have responded to requests by screening the contest for those unable to make the trip.
Wilson said: “Exeter have accommodated us as much as possible but our followers have turned out in tremendous numbers recently and it is only fair that we try and look after everyone who wants to watch the game.”
Tickets, priced £5, can be purchased at the box office, by telephoning 08719951889 or at www.sufc.talent-sport.co.uk