Blades told to put their top six ambitions on hold

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Sheffield United should prepare for this season’s play-off race to right down to the wire, writes James Shield.

That is the verdict of Keith Hill, the Rochdale manager, whose team enters tonight’s meeting with relegated threatened Leyton Orient intent on denying either Nigel Clough’s side or Chesterfield a top six place.

United know they will be assured of finishing no lower than sixth if Orient avoid defeat at Spotland but Hill said: “I’m fully focused on this game and we’ve prepared well. We were in on Sunday and had a great debate amongst the players and the staff about what`s achievable in the next three games.

“We want to go out there and play free but responsible football.”

United are fifth, two places and nine points ahead of Rochdale, with two matches remaining. Chesterfield, in sixth, are eight clear of Hill’s charges.

“It`s a big game for us and a big game for Leyton Orient,” he said. “Who’d have thought they’d be where they are?

“That`s football and why you’ve got to make the most of opportunities.”

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