Strikers set for derby

JPT joy: Ched Evans all smiles after winner last night.  Picture: Steve parkin
JPT joy: Ched Evans all smiles after winner last night. Picture: Steve parkin
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson insisted that strikers Chris Porter and Ched Evans should enter this month’s Steel City derby bristling with confidence after scoring a goal apiece during last night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over Rotherham.

A penalty shoot-out beckoned when Alex Revell cancelled-out Porter’s opener for the visitors but Evans pounced deep into stoppage time to book United’s place in the third round draw.

Wilson, who appeared to distance himself from reports that Danny Webber is poised to complete an emotional return to Bramall Lane, has made no secret of his desire to draft-in attacking reinforcements during the emergency loan window.

But Wilson said: “It should do them the power of good to put those away. There’s nothing better when you are in that position than to score. I know we’ve taken a bit of flak for missing chances of late and I’m not saying it’s down to the centre-forwards.But they will have enjoyed doing that and it was good to see.”

Wilson added: “Some people might have though this game was going to be a foregone conclusion but we always knew different.

“Rotherham played some really good stuff and derbies are a great leveller.

“I don’t care who they’re against or where they are played.”

With this weekend’s visit to Preston North End postponed due to international commitments, United return to League One action when they host Sheffield Wednesday on October 16.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is a doubt for that match after injuring his hamstring while Rotherham’s Mark Bradley faces surgery and up to four months on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder.

Andy Scott, the Rotherham manager, said: “We can do without losing anyone else at the back but there’s no point in getting desperate. I thought we played some excellent stuff against a very good side.”