Chris Wilder has described Sheffield United's objective during the remaining three games of the season as "straightforward", despite admitting the race for Championship play-off qualification is impossible to predict.
United are preparing for Saturday's visit to Birmingham City only three points behind sixth-placed Millwall, who face Fulham tomorrow night.
Wilder, speaking at today's pre-match media conference, insisted: "Hopefully we win and then a few results fall in our lap. If we win games between now and May 2nd, we'll be in with a shout. If we don't, we won't. It's as simple and straightforward as that."
Wilder, referring to Burton Albion's recent victory over Derby County, added: "I don't look at who has got who during the run-in. You can't predict anything at this stage."
United host Preston North End after returning from St Andrews before completing their campaign with a visit to Bristol City. Richard Stearman is available to face Garry Monk's side after reporting no ill effects following his appearance against Millwall five days ago. The defender had been receiving treatment for a hamstring complaint during the build-up to that game.
"Rich is fine," Wilder, the United manager, said. "He came through okay."