SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has admitted the Bank Holiday fixtures could decide the outcome of this season’s battle for automatic promotion from League One.
United kick off the first of two crucial matches when Bournemouth visit Bramall Lane on Saturday before travelling to Rochdale next Monday.
Although there will still be four appointments on the South Yorkshire club’s calendar when they return from Spotland, Wilson acknowledged: “Of course they are going to be important.
“Whether they’ll be defining it’s impossible to say but these games are definitely going to be important because they’re aren’t many left after that.”
United regained second place following last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Hartlepool.
Ched Evans’ 31st goal of the season left them two points above Sheffield Wednesday in third - with a superior goal difference - and eight ahead of Huddersfield Town who face Leyton Orient tonight.
Boss Wilson has consistently shrugged off suggestions that ‘mind games’ could come into play along the final straight.
Indeed, he revealed United were unaware of how Wednesday’s lunchtime meeting with Preston North End had finished before taking to the field at Victoria Park.
Wilson added: “All we are going to do is keep chipping away and make sure that we get our preparation right.
“There’s nothing to be gained by fretting about others whatsoever.”