Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, insists his side will continue at “full tilt” until the final whistle of the season - even if promotion, or the League One title, is already in the bag.
Wilder’s Blades appear destined to play Championship football next season after opening up a 13-point gap over third-placed Fleetwood Town, and are seven ahead of Bolton in the race for the league title.
But Wilder, pointing to the example he set at Northampton last year, admits his side won’t ease up.
Northampton sealed last season’s League Two title in mid-April, before winning three and drew one of their four games after that point, and Wilder said: “We’ll keep going.
“We’ve got an obligation to everyone as professional footballers and professional people to keep working until the final whistle against Chesterfield on April 30.
“We’re going full tilt for everything, we have done since the first day of pre-season and will do until we walk off that pitch against Chesterfield.
“That won’t change.”
Wilder’s words, however, should not be interpreted as a sign he is getting carried away.
“We’ll just keep looking at the next game,” he said, ahead of next Wednesday’s clash with Coventry at Bramall Lane.
“We’re humble people, we’re grounded, we know what the game’s about and if you take things for granted, it has that ability to come back and bite you.”
“Out of adversity this season, we’ve got results,” Wilder added.
“On rubbish pitches, on bowling greens... we’ve took some teams to the cleaners and played some really good stuff, and had to show our battling qualities against others.
“The main thing is that we’ve been consistent, and we want to keep that consistency between now and the end of the season.”