SHEFFIELD United, who are set to be backed by a 6,000 plus strong following at MK Dons, are not just second in League One.
Danny Wilson’s men also seem destined to secure the runners-up berth in the average attendance standings with three to play.
The gates on average at Bramall Lane during the 2011-12 campaign have been 18,186. Only fellow top two contenders Sheffield Wednesday are above United, with 20,510 going through the turnstiles at Hillsborough.
In the Championship, United regularly attracted crowds in the region of 20,000 but relegation and less glamorous fixtures have seen that figure drop sharply.
United, who take on the Dons having claimed maximum points from their last six outings, are chasing a fourth successive win on the road as Wilson’s side look to tighten their stranglehold on the second automatic promotion berth.
The club opened up a four-point gap by beating Leyton Orient last weekend following Wednesday’s draw with Colchester United but on loan defender Matt Hill insists there is still work to be done.
“The job is far from finished and now we have another big game at the MK Dons,” said left-back Hill, who has made 10 appearances since arriving on loan from Blackpool last month.
“We have won the last six matches and if we win the last three that would make certain of automatic promotion and that remains the aim.”