Sheffield United Video: Even a play off place difficult to grab now, says James Shield

Sheffield United's defeat to Wigan Athletic has left them with a 'sizable hill to climb' to gain promotion according to The Star's Blades writer James Shield.

Sunday, 7th February 2016, 1:20 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th February 2016, 6:54 pm
David Edgar looks dejected during Sheffield United's 2-0 defeat to Wigan

A penalty from Will Grigg, who would go on to miss another later on, plus a debut goal for Conor McAleny won the three points for Gary Caldwell's men.

Giving his view in the aftermath, James said: "It was desperately disappointing for a number of reasons, leaving them with a sizable hill to climb. It has almost certainly signaled the end of any last lingering faint hopes of automatic promotion and leave Sheffield United now looking for one of the final play off places. Even that is going to be difficult, certainly not impossible but they really don't have much margin for error now in terms of slipping up."

David Edgar looks dejected during Sheffield United's 2-0 defeat to Wigan

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Watch the video for more from James Shield, including why the defeat was so damaging in terms of the mood around Bramall Lane,

David Edgar looks dejected during Sheffield United's 2-0 defeat to Wigan