The manner of Sheffield United’s draw against Millwall on Saturday must have infuriated Chris Wilder.
With his side seemingly heading towards victory at Bramall Lane after Gary Madine had given them a deserved lead, the Blades conceded a 95th-minute equaliser which put a serious dent in their promotion hopes.
As a result of Leeds United’s 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, Wilder’s side are now three points behind their rivals in the race for the top-two and with games running out between now and May, they are in need of a favour from elsewhere.
However, even if the Whites end up dropping points, there is no guarantee that the Blades will be able to capitalise, especially when you consider the issues they face in terms of selection ahead of their clash with Nottingham Forest on Friday. Central defender John Egan is scheduled to miss the next three matches after being sent off against Millwall whilst Chris Basham and Billy Sharp are major doubts for the showdown with the Reds due to injury (Leeds-Live).
In the absence of these three players, Wilder may be forced to change his preferred formation of 3-5-2 due to the club’s defensive crisis. Indeed, by switching to four at the back the club may lose some of their attacking impetus yet it would make more sense to do this than risk fielding players out of position. In need of a spark to get their promotion hopes back on track, the former Northampton Town boss could thrive from the deployment of a new idea in their last four games of the season.
Indeed, it would not be at all surprising if Wilder ends up sticking with the tactics which have put the club in their position that they currently find themselves yet at this stage of the year, advantages can be gained from the most unlikely of scenarios.
What do you think Blades fans? Should Wilder consider switching up the formation against Forest? Or is it too much of a risk to make this kind of change at this stage of the season? Let us know below.