Sheffield United: Blades approach endgame

United star: Matt Hill
United star: Matt Hill
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MATT Hill has warned his Sheffield United team mates ‘the toughest part is yet to come’ as their battle for promotion enters its final phase, writes James Shield.

Hill delivered the message ahead of tomorrow’s League One fixture at Stevenage which could see Danny Wilson’s second-placed side wrestle top spot from Doncaster Rovers.

Admitting United, who travel to Hertfordshire unbeaten in seven outings, have put themselves “in a great position” the full-back said: “We’ve done well so far but it’s always harder to cross the line. I’m sure we can do it though.

“We’ve always known we are the biggest club in the division. But no one gives you a title or just lets you win games.

“You’ve got to work hard for everything. In fact, every single game will get harder and harder.

“What we’ve got to do is keep on doing what we’re doing and trying to make sure we do it right.”

United, whose visit to Crewe was postponed in midweek, have not conceded a goal in over nine hours of competition. They trail Rovers by three points but are only four ahead of AFC Bournemouth in seventh with 10 matches of their season remaining.

“We’ve spoken about how tight the table is,” Hill said. “We’ve not really had a long run before but hopefully we are now and have timed it perfectly.”

Meanwhile, striker Chris Porter has returned to Bramall Lane following a loan spell with Shrewsbury Town. The striker scored once in four starts for Graham Turner’s side.

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