Blades star pays tribute to managerial methods

Impressed: Richard Cresswell has praised manager Danny Wilson.
Impressed: Richard Cresswell has praised manager Danny Wilson.
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RICHARD Cresswell has become the latest Sheffield United player to praise manager Danny Wilson’s efforts since taking charge of the South Yorkshire club.

The former Northern Ireland international’s appointment provoked angry scenes among some sections of the Bramall Lane support when it was first announced in May.

But a sequence of impressive results, which see United enter today’s contest with Wycombe Wanderers fourth in the League One table, have enabled Wilson to win over the vast majority of those who protested outside the stadium when he was officially unveiled nine months ago.

Cresswell, who worked with the 52-year-old at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in his career, said: “I’m impressed with the job the gaffer is doing but I’m not surprised.

“He’s one of those who gets the best out of his players and who instils a lot of belief and confidence in those around him.

“The gaffer has been in the game a long time, both as a manager and a player, so he knows it inside out and has got lots of good ideas.

“But on top of that, he’s an excellent man-manager.

“I’ve known him a long time so, given the qualities and attributes he’s got, I was always confident that he’d come in and do a good job.”

With adverse weather conditions forcing the postponement of last weekend’s game at Colchester, United enjoy two games in hand on Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town who are second and third respectively.

Despite admitting he would have preferred the match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium to have gone ahead - “We’ve got a bit of momentum going in terms of our performances” - Cresswell acknowledged the unanticipated break had brought some unforeseen benefits.

“It was a big disappointment not to play the game,” he said. “But I suppose it’s given us time to have a bit of a rest and re-charge our batteries for what is going to be a really busy period.

“It’s also meant that a few of the lads who had little knocks and niggles have had time to get them sorted-out.

“Monty (Nick Montgomery) was a real doubt for Colchester. In fact, he probably wouldn’t have made it.

“But he’s over the injury now and is fine which is really good to see because he’s an important player who brings a lot to the table.”

With Montgomery’s sore ankle now healed, Wilson has a near full-strength squad to pick from for the meeting with the visitors from Adams Park.

Wycombe travelled north last night just a place and a point above the relegation zone but determined to repeat their success over United in Buckinghamshire earlier this season.

“We’ve got games in hand but I’d much rather have the six points,” Cresswell said.