It has been a rough week for everyone involved with Sheffield United, hasn’t it?
After dropping points in the away fixture with Birmingham City last Wednesday, Chris Wilder’s Blades were just seconds away from securing a vital victory against Millwall at the weekend when disaster struck.
Following referee David Webb’s controversial decision not to give a foul for Ryan Leonard’s tackle on United forward David McGoldrick, the Lions recycled the play before Jake Cooper headed in a dramatic equaliser at Bramall Lane. As a result of this draw, the Yorkshire-based outfit handed over the initiative to promotion rivals Leeds United who took advantage of their misfortune by defeating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0, thus extending the gap between them and third-place to three points.
Although it would be naive to suggest that Saturday’s result has ended the Blades’ hopes of automatic promotion this season, it is clear that they simply cannot afford to slip-up in any of their final four fixtures. With their next two clashes occurring over the Easter weekend, Wilder’s side will need to show that they are capable of bouncing back from adversity at what is a pivotal period of the year in English football.
A convincing victory over Nottingham Forest on Good Friday would not only put United back on track but it could also pile the pressure on Leeds, who play later in the day. However, anything other than three points will provide the incentive needed for Marcelo Bielsa’s side to land a decisive blow in the race for the top-two ahead of Monday’s fixtures.
Whereas it is unlikely that promotion will be won by the Whites at the weekend, it can quite easily be lost by the Blades if they cannot show the resilience required to get over their recent mini-slump in form. If they fail to produce, United may have to settle for the play-offs, a competition which they have had a miserable relationship in recent times.
What do you think Blades fans? Can your side bounce back over the Easter weekend from their recent results? Or have you consigned yourselves to the lottery of the play-offs already? Let us know below…
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