SHEFFIELD UNITED MATCH REPORT: Blades 2 Bournemouth 1

Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth ' Utd's Ched Evans Scores the 1st Blades goal
Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth ' Utd's Ched Evans Scores the 1st Blades goal
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RICHARD Cresswell revealed an unlikely source of inspiration after helping Sheffield United regain second place in the League One table.

RICHARD Cresswell revealed an unlikely source of inspiration after helping Sheffield United regain second place in the League One table.

Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth 'Utd's Kevin McDonald with Referee Woolmer after the Bournemouth

Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth 'Utd's Kevin McDonald with Referee Woolmer after the Bournemouth

Jack Nicklaus has probably never kicked a football in his life but having amassed 18 Major titles throughout a remarkable golfing career, it is safe to say the Golden Bear knows a thing or two about coping with pressure.

Cresswell, whose second-half goal proved crucial in ensuring Danny Wilson’s side climbed back above Sheffield Wednesday following their arch-rivals victory at Huddersfield Town earlier that afternoon, said: “I was watching The Masters on television the night before and Jack was saying how you just have to focus on yourself if you want to achieve anything in sport.

“That there’s nothing to be gained from worrying about what others do because you can’t alter or influence that.

“We’ll just concentrate on ourselves because that’s what counts. I know a lot of people have been talking about us recently but we won’t be commenting about anyone else.

Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth 'Utd's Ched Evans at the end

Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth 'Utd's Ched Evans at the end

“For me, this is a fantastic outcome because we passed the ball really well but then had to show another aspect of our character.”

Like Cresswell, Wilson acknowledged this result marked another step towards securing automatic promotion.

But the United manager disagreed with his striker about the legitimacy of the goal which threatened to offer Bournemouth a route back into a match which, until Zavon Hines slotted home into an empty net after appearing to evade Steve Simonsen’s radar, seemed destined to end in an emphatic win for the hosts.

“It wasn’t a foul,” Wilson said. “But it was a bit of fluke.I just don’t think Simmo saw their lad but we can laugh about it now because it didn’t cost us.

Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth 'Utd's Keeper Steve Simonsen goes head to head with Referee Assistant after the Bournemouth Goal

Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth 'Utd's Keeper Steve Simonsen goes head to head with Referee Assistant after the Bournemouth Goal

“He won’t be getting any criticism from me. I’ve not criticised him all season and I’m not going to start now. I know he’ll make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again.”

“In all my years of playing football I‘ve never known a goal scored like that to be given,” insisted Cresswell. “The ball was knocked out of Simmo’s hands and I don’t think it should have been allowed.”

There could be no doubt, however, about the quality of United’s play after Ched Evans’ 32nd goal of the season broke Bournemouth’s stubborn resistance. Wilson’s warning earlier in the week that, despite languishing in mid-table, the visitors’ possessed some “excellent players” proved to be correct with the on-loan Hines impressing with his dexterity and former United full-back Simon Francis a formidable presence both in defence and attack.

However, with Michael Doyle, Stephen Quinn and the indefatigable Cresswell delivering slavish shifts, Kevin McDonald was granted a platform to showcase his repertoire of passes while Michael O’Halloran also caught the eye after entering the fray as a second-half substitute.

Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth 'Utd's Richard Cresswell scoring the 2nd Blades Goal

Npower League Division One 'Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth 'Utd's Richard Cresswell scoring the 2nd Blades Goal

Indeed it was McDonald who set in motion the chain of events which led to Matthew Lowton and Cresswell forging the opportunity for Evans to pounce before the Wales international returned the favour for his colleague soon after the re-start.

“Cressy is under-estimated at times,” Wilson said. “But he’s not under-estimated by us in the dressing room.

“He’s playing with a broken nose and that shows his character. In fact, we’ve had to drag him off the training pitch at times because he’s wants to be involved all the time while we want to look after him.

“Cressy is a terrific pro. Ched gets all the headlines and rightly so but he’ll be the first to tell you what a help Richard is. They’re both a really good foil for one another.”

With McDonald blazing over the bar and Lee Williamson forcing Miles Addison to bravely intervene either side of Evans’ effort, United, now two points clear of Wednesday with five matches remaining, looked set to cruise across the finishing line when Cresswell prodded home following a goal mouth scramble.

However when Simonsen, who had thwarted Bournemouth’s Wes Thomas during the early exchanges, was caught off guard by Hines, the dynamics of the contest changed.

United were still protesting about the referee Andy Woolmer’s decision to let the young Burnley striker’s effort stand when Bournemouth substitute Lyle Taylor was inches away from snatching an equaliser only moments after coming on.