Goal hero Flynn bids to keep place

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RYAN Flynn hopes his goalscoring exploits against Notts County will earn him an extended run in Sheffield United’s starting 11.

The winger was handed a rare start against Martin Allen’s side and celebrated the occasion by getting his first league goal for United during Tuesday’s 2-1 victory.

Danny Wilson, the United manager, revealed his admiration for Flynn’s talents after watching the Blades climb to second in the League One table.

The summer signing from Falkirk said: “I was handed a chance and hopefully I’ve taken it.

“I’m no different to anyone else in that I want to play as often as possible.

“I want to try and force the manager’s hand and make him pick me.

“I’ve had to bide my time and I can completely understand why but now I want to try and press on from here.”

Wilson described Flynn as “a model professional” after drafting him into the side for this week’s televised encounter.

With Lee Williamson available for the New Year’s Eve visit of Hartlepool following a one match ban, United’s coaching staff now face a welcome selection dilemma.

Flynn said: “The main thing is that the team is doing well.

“There are a lot of important games coming-up and if we can do well in those then it means we would enter the second half of the season gathering momentum. We’re taking nothing for granted but obviously that would be a good situation to be in.”

Wilson has attempted to downplay the significance of the festive fixture schedule and warned United that Hartlepool are capable of denying them an eighth successive win should complacency seep in.

“They’ve actually had better results away from home than at their own place this season,” he said.