Sheffield United: Blades can cut gap to just one point

Blades' Conor Coady celebrates scoring at Crawley
Blades' Conor Coady celebrates scoring at Crawley
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Unlike the top five, no one has taken hold of sixth place in League One. It remains up for grabs.

Realistically, it’s a five-horse race with Sheffield United seemingly the outsiders simply because they are in the lowest position right now, 10th.

But Blades fans with a calculating mind will have already worked out that the seven point gap to Peterborough, currently sixth, could be cut to one by the next time the Posh boys kick a ball.

Of course, it’s all ifs and buts and there are three other teams to factor into the equation too.

But Peterborough’s second successive defeat and United’s win at Crawley has Nigel Clough’s men on the edge of the frame, their legs dangling inside.

United play twice before Posh’s next game (home to Colchester next Wednesday). Hence United’s gap-closing chance. But it’s hardly straightforward.

On Saturday they go to a team just above them, Swindon, who are three points ahead. The importance of this game is obvious.

Then next Tuesday, Brentford are the visitors to Bramall Lane having suffered only their second defeat in 26 league games at Rotherham this week - a stat which speaks for itself.

The other games on Saturday are MK Dons v Wolves and Walsall v Shrewsbury (Posh are in the JPT Final).

After next week’s games for Blades (next Tuesday) and Posh (next Wednesday) noted above, the April 5 games are: Coventry v MK Dons; Carlisle v Swindon; Port Vale v Walsall; Utd v Orient; Wolves v Posh.

Apr 8: Utd v Millers; Posh v Gillingham.

Apr 12: MK Dons v Crawley; Swindon v Brentford; Walsall v Bristol City; Posh v Coventry

Apr 18: Carlisle v Walsall; P Vale v MK Dons; Coventry v Swindon; Utd v Stevenage (7.45); Bradford v Posh (7.45)

Apr 21: MK Dons v Brentford; Posh v Carlisle; Swindon v Bradford; Tranmere v Utd; Walsall v Gillingham.

Apr 25: Port Vale v Utd; Apr 26: Notts Co v Swindon; Millers v MK Dons; Shrewsbury v Posh; Stevenage v Walsall.

Apr 29: Oldham v Utd.

May 3: Utd v Coventry; MK Dons v Orient; Posh v P Vale; Swindon v Millers; Walsall v Colchester.