Workmanlike win sends out warning to rivals

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, believes his team’s victory over Hartlepool has fired a warning shot across the bows of their automatic promotion rivals.

United climbed to second in the League One table when Ched Evans’ late penalty secured a hard-fought victory at Victoria Park.

Wilson conceded the visitors performance had not been as “fluid” as some of those they have produced in recent weeks but told The Star: “You can’t just be show ponies. If you want to achieve anything you’ve got to be able to dig in as well and that’s what we’ve done.

“That could be a significant result - who knows? - because some of the others around us might not have thought we could come away from home and get that kind of result.

“Hopefully it’s knocked the stuffing out of some of them a bit but we’ll have to wait and see as well as making sure we work just as hard.

“I’m not sure if people underestimate us in that regard. But to be honest, if they think we’re c**p like that then it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. We’ll just keep trying to carry on doing what we’re doing and see where it takes us.”

Wilson added: “The display we’ve put in wasn’t as fluid as we’ve been in the past - not that it was poor, far from it - but at this stage of the season the most important thing is to come away with a result.

“We’ve shown we can do it both ways - by playing good stuff and by digging in - a lot of people might have forgotten the first match of the season at Oldham but I haven’t.

“That was a very similar type of affair and it proved to me back then that these lads have got the hunger and the desire to work hard and push on.

“We’re not fretting about what others do because we can’t control what goes on elsewhere.

“All we are trying to do is keep our own house in order.”

United had kicked-off in third following Sheffield Wednesday’s win against Preston North End but Evans’ 31st goal of the campaign saw them move back above their arch-rivals with six fixtures remaining.