Nigel Clough has bemoaned the fact that Tuesday’s defeat to Yeovil has taken away his chance to rest players ahead of three crucial games.
The Blades disappointing performance at Huish Park which saw them lose to a team already relegated means that a play off place has yet to be secured.
Victory would have placed United 11 points clear of seventh-placed Rochdale and all but made sure of making it into the two legged semi-final.
However, now Saturday’s game against Bradford has become more crucial than it really should have been and with a few players carrying minor injuries, Clough is unable to leave out some who could do with a break.
Ryan Flynn and Steven Davies were both forced off injured in the match and Clough said: It didn’t help losing Steven and Ryan in the first-half. Ryan felt his hamstring and so he’s a doubt straight away. We’ll have to see.
“Steven, it’s his foot. He took a knock on it very early on. You always give a player 10 minutes or so, in those situations, to see if they can run it off but he couldn’t and so that’s why we had to replace him.
“It wasn’t ideal either because, as everyone knows, Jamie (Murphy) has been feeling his back but we had to bring him on.
“What makes it disappointing is the fact that, when you look at what happened elsewhere, it means we could have had the opportunity to rest a few of those lads going forward.
“We probably don’t have that opportunity now.”
It could have been worse had Rochdale won on Tuesday, but Clough found it difficult to find a silver lining following a poor display in front of over 500 travelling fans.
“Despite the disappointment, it’s still as you were. That’s a consolation of sorts but it doesn’t feel like that even though there’s another game gone.”