Rivals have steel duo in their sights

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SHEFFIELD United’s lack of a game tomorrow provides more than just Wednesday with an incentive to make up ground on the Blades.

Fifth-placed MK Dons are refusing to give up hope of finishing in the top two, and fourth-placed Huddersfield have their own ambitions.

Dons are seven points behind United and five behind the Owls but have a game in hand on the Sheffield clubs.

Huddersfield are two points better off than Dons from the same number of games, and will overtake Wednesday on goal difference if they beat leaders Charlton at home and the Owls lose at Leyton Orient.

MK Dons play Wycombe away tomorrow. Karl Robinson’s outfit have yet to play United at home - that game will be the Blades’ third from last, on April 21.

United have no match tomorrow because they were due to face Chesterfield, who play at Wembley on Sunday in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

Next Wednesday is the rearranged date for the Spireites’ visit to Bramall Lane.

Robinson claims that his Dons side are under less pressure than United or Wednesday.He said: “The Sheffield cl ubs have got an awful lot of pressure to handle.

“They are big clubs with big expectation levels and it’s very difficut to handle that pressure week in, week out.

“They were once in the Premier League and they want to be back there quickly. We’ve not got that, but we do have hopes and dreams of being there.”

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson takes a similar tack, saying: “The Sheffield sides are fighting against each other and I think that puts extra pressure on them.

“Because of the rivalry between the two clubs and with the fans wanting to be the best in the city, they are essentially going head to head.

“They are the ones in a position where they have something to lose at this time, and all we can do is enjoy what we do, look to get the wins we need and have no regrets when we come off the pitch.”

Owls boss Dave Jones said: “We want maximum points (tomorrow). If we get them it’s up to Sheffield United to get their maximum on Wednesday. It’s an opportunity for us to put pressure on them but we don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves because of all those things.

“We have to concentrate on what we have to do and that’s trying to get three points.”