SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has leapt to the defence of his strikers ahead of this weekend’s League One clash with Charlton Athletic.
United were guilty of missing a hatful of chances during a shock defeat at Wycombe Wanderers four days ago, prompting criticism in some quarters they lack the firepower required to challenge for a top-two place.
But Wilson, who watched Athletic in action against fellow promotion hopefuls MK Dons last night, stood full square behind Ched Evans, Chris Porter and Richard Cresswell, saying: “I know people say you have to have a 25-goal-a-season guy up front but you don’t get promotion by scoring only 25 goals.
“You get it by having everyone chipping in when they can and that’s what I want us to do.
“In any case, if you look at the lads we’ve got here then their goals per game ratio is very, very good.
“When people talk about missing chances it’s usually the lads up front who get the blame.
“But certainly in our last match (at Wycombe) there were players right across the team who were getting chances.
“I was pleased to see us create that many and pleased to see them falling to lads in a variety of different positions.
“Although it goes without saying that I wasn’t so pleased to see them, in this instance at least, not being taken.”
Evans and Porter, who started against Wanderers, average a goal every two and 3.3 matches respectively so far this season.
Cresswell, a second-half substitute at Adams Park, has netted four times in his previous 12 appearances.
Wilson, who confirmed he will speak with Reading to discover “what their situation is” regarding on-loan full-back Marcus Williams shortly, added: “The lads were hurt after what happened down there but I wouldn’t say their egos are bruised.
“They don’t have egos. What they do have is great attitudes and a desire to do well.”