FOR nearly three months they were being chased.
Now, after another twist in the plot of a dramatic League One season, Sheffield United are doing the chasing.
Danny Wilson’s squad travel to Exeter City this weekend knowing that, for the first time since beating Huddersfield Town 77 days ago, destiny no longer lies in their own hands.
But the balance of power in the battle for automatic promotion is not the only thing which has shifted.
Having seen his team fall behind Sheffield Wednesday in the table following Saturday’s penultimate round of games, Wilson is also poised to change the way United go about their business during matches too.
“Of course we’ll be keeping an eye on how Wednesday are doing when we go to Exeter,” he said. “There’s no point in denying it and we also need to keep on top of the situation.
“We’ve not done that in the past but this is a different situation.”
A combination of United’s draw with Stevenage and Wednesday’s triumph at Brentford earlier that afternoon means Wilson’s men are now third in the table, one point behind Dave Jones’ side but boasting a superior goal difference.
Despite admitting he expects Wednesday to win their final fixture against Wycombe Wanderers - “I always expect every single one of our rivals to do that” -
the former Northern Ireland international wants to apply some pressure on Jones’ men by making an early statement of intent at St James’ Park.
“We’ll be looking to get our noses in front as quickly as we possibly can,” Wilson said. “We’ve not thrown in the towel as far as the top two goes by any stretch of the imagination because this is football and anything can happen.
“I know they (Wednesday) will be watching what we are doing too.”
“First and foremost though,” Wilson added. “We’ve got to try and win our match and control what we do.”