Workhouse Monty a man of substance for Danny

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NICK Montgomery’s return to fitness means Sheffield United can combine substance and style in their battle to climb the League One table according to manager Danny Wilson.

The former Northern Ireland international singled out Montgomery for special praise after watching him complete Sunday’s Steel City derby with Sheffield Wednesday following his recovery from an ankle problem.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Preston trip, Wilson, whose side are seventh, said: “What you see is what you get. His workrate is phenomenal but he can play too.”

With Ched Evans’ continuing to rehabilitate his reputation, Wilson’s confidence in his squad’s ability to win at Deepdale is not misplaced.

The Wales striker took his tally for the season to four when he doubled the hosts’ advantage midway through the opening period before goals from Chris O’Grady and Gary Madine enabled Sheffield Wednesday to snatch a 2-2 draw.

Given that Evans has made only seven appearances since recovering from serious injury, it appears he is finally starting to fulfil the potential which prompted Bramall Lane’s hierarchy to pay £3 million for his services two years ago.

Of the leading clubs only Wednesday, who are third, have conceded more goals than sixth-placed Preston.