Sheffield United: Morgan is in the zone

United boss Chris Morgan
United boss Chris Morgan
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Sheffield United have already started preparing for the League One play-offs, manager Chris Morgan revealed last night, writes James Shield.

But Morgan, speaking ahead of this evening’s re-arranged fixture at Crewe Alexandra, reassured supporters that his team are still determined to end the regular season on a high.

United’s hopes of automatic promotion evaporated when they were beaten by Portsmouth three days ago and Morgan said: “Planning (for the play-offs) started on the bus home from Fratton Park. You immediately start thinking about what needs to be done to make sure we’re ready and in the best possible shape.

“But then those thoughts very quickly turned to Crewe. We’ll have a group of fans making the journey over there with us and they’ll be expecting us to get a result.

“It would also be disrespectful to Crewe and ourselves not to give this match our full attention and focus. And that’s what we are going to do.

“We’ll be looking to freshen things up in a few different areas but, make no mistake about it, we want to finish strongly. And it’s important we do that too.”

United, who complete their 2012/13 programme against Preston North End on Saturday, travel to Gresty Road sixth in the table but with an unassailable lead over seventh-placed Leyton Orient.

Defender Tony McMahon (Achilles) is unlikely to make the journey but Harry Maguire could return after suspension.

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