Jack O’Connell says Sheffield United will enjoy their blank weekend on Saturday after heaping the pressure back on the chasing pack, as the race for automatic promotion from League One intensifies.
With Coventry City taking on Oxford in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley this weekend, United can enjoy a few days of hard-earned rest after Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over play-off chasing Millwall at Bramall Lane.
That win sent Chris Wilder’s men 13 points clear of Fleetwood in third and seven ahead of second-placed Bolton and if Fleetwood lose their next two games - against Swindon this weekend and Oxford a week yesterday - United can be promoted with victory over Coventry on Wednesday.
And O’Connell, who scored United’s opener against Millwall, said: “It was vital to get that win because of our blank weekend. We knew that.
“The big thing, though, was we played with no pressure. We knew if we did our job that we would get the win.”
Regardless of other results, three more wins from six games remaining will secure Championship football next season but O’Connell insisted: “Personally, I look at the next game and that is Coventry. No further than that. I will follow the other results this weekend, of course I will.
“But the pressure is on the others now. We can just sit back and watch the results, and look forward to Coventry.”
Wilder added his own message to the sides chasing his: ‘Good luck.’
“Millwall was a big game and psycholigically, it’s a big three points,” Wilder said.
“People are looking up at us thinking they can chase us down. Good luck to them.”