Sheffield United: Wycombe Wanderers are warned ‘expect tough ride at Bramall Lane’.

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RICHARD Cresswell has warned Wycombe Wanderers that Sheffield United are a much-improved team to the one which suffered a shock defeat at Adams Park earlier this season.

Today’s visitors to Bramall Lane triumphed 1-0 when the two sides locked horns in Buckinghamshire five months ago.

But, with United entering the contest fourth in the League One table and enjoying two games in hand on those directly above them in the rankings, Cresswell said: “We’re much, much better than we were back then.

“We’re a completely different team now. We’ve come an awful long way since then.

“We’ve grown together as a group, we all know our roles both individually and as part of the squad. We’re tough, disciplined and organised. As far as I’m concerned we’re much, much improved.”

With a frozen pitch forcing the postponement of their game at Colchester last weekend, United will be returning to action for the first time since losing to Birmingham City in the FA Cup a fortnight ago.

Will Hoskins, a transfer deadline day signing from Brighton and Hove Albion, could make his debut against Gary Waddock’s side but fellow striker James Beattie is suspended.

Cresswell was a second-half substitute when Stuart Beavon’s goal propelled Wanderers to a famous victory over United earlier this term.

But he dismissed suggestions that being beaten by Waddock’s charges would cast a shadow over this afternoon’s performance.

“That was the most one-sided 1-0 defeat that I’ve seen in a long time down there,” added Cresswell. It was a really funny, strange game but you get those from time to time. We know what Wycombe are capable of doing though and so we won’t be taking them lightly at all.”

Waddock, the Wanderers manager, said: “That result will have no bearing whatsoever. “Sheffield United are a massive football club with fantastic support and they will want to put that defeat right. But our main concern is making sure that we perform and aren’t overawed by anyone.”

* Hot shot Ched Evans has had no fewer than 63 attempts on target for Sheffield United so far in league and cup competitions. He’s hit the woodwork on six occasions too.