There was a point on Saturday afternoon when Sheffield United looked like they were about to open a four-point gap between themselves and promotion rivals Leeds United.
However, in typical Championship fashion, things changed in an instant as Andreas Weimann fired in a superb hat-trick for Bristol City at Bramall Lane to secure a 3-2 victory over the Blades. Meanwhile, Leeds, who were losing 2-1 at home to Millwall, completed a stunning late comeback to claim all three points which resulted them leapfrogging Chris Wilder’s side in the league.
What could have been a four point lead in the standings had turned into a two point deficit for the Blades who saw all their hard-work in defeating the Whites at Elland Road in March wiped out at the weekend. Nevertheless, Wilder will know that their chase for automatic promotion to the Premier League is far from over and so they shouldn’t let their defeat to the Robins define their season.
With seven fixtures to go in the Championship, United only have to face two sides who are in contention for the play-offs whilst Leeds have three tough fixtures against the likes of Aston Villa, Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday. Even if Marcelo Bielsa’s side slip-up just once in the next five weeks, goal-difference could become a key factor as the Blades are currently on +29 which is four better than their Yorkshire rivals.
Wilder will be hoping that his side will be able to replicate the same form that they illustrated when they last recorded a poor result in the league against Aston Villa. Following a 3-3 draw with the Lions at the start of February, United went on a run of six wins and a draw which saw them accumulate 19 points from a possible 21. If they can do this again, they will finish the season on 93 points, a total that will tough for Bielsa’s Leeds to match.
What do you think Blades fans? Can your side bounce back from Saturday’s defeat? How many points do you think they will need to overcome Leeds at the end of the season? Get in touch below.