Sheffield United: Consistent Blades refuse to wilt

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson  shares a joke with former Reading chief Brian McDermott.
Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson shares a joke with former Reading chief Brian McDermott.
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IN AN increasingly tight race to reach the Championship, Sheffield United enter the final straight in fine fettle.

Danny Wilson’s men are top of the formbook in League One, having garnered 14 points from their last six matches. Unbeaten since February 1, United know automatic promotion is there for the taking.

While Wilson was disappointed their midweek trip to Crewe Alexandra was called off because of a frozen pitch at Gresty Road, he would have been pleased to see several of the club’s chief rivals slip up.

Brentford, who head to Bramall Lane a week on Saturday, climbed into third spot after a superb come-from-behind victory over Swindon following goals from substitute Sam Saunders and Clayton Donaldson. The Robins dropped to fourth, ahead of Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town on goal difference.

Rovers suffered a sixth defeat in their last nine outings at in-form Walsall, a display which prompted manager Ronnie Moore, formerly of Rotherham United, to apologise to the club’s supporters. Having appeared top six certainties for the majority of the season, Rovers are in serious danger of missing out on a play-off spot altogether.

Yeovil Town squandered a two-goal lead at home to Crawley Town while Bournemouth boosted their hopes of gategrashing the top six by winning at Stevenage, who host United on Saturday.

As the sides around them continue to wobble, United keep churning out the results.