Sheffield United vs Fulham LIVE: Paul Heckingbottom reacts after Blades secure play-off spot

Hold on tight! Sheffield United fans could be set for a rollercoaster final day as the Championship play-off race goes to the wire.
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A sold-out Bramall Lane awaits the Blades, who must win to guarantee their spot in the top six.

Fail to win and they risk relying on results elsewhere, with three other teams still in contention for the final two places in the end-of-season contest, which gets under way next week.

Scroll down for team news, live updates from across the Championship and post-match reaction.

Sheffield United vs Fulham LIVE

Key Events

  • Blades must win to guarantee Championship play-off spot, otherwise risk relying on results elsewhere
  • Four teams still in contention for final two play-off places: Sheffield United, Luton, Middlesbrough and Millwall
  • Visitors Fulham have nothing to play for but won 7-0 last time out

James Shield’s verdict on Sheffield United team news

Five changes for the league champions.

Paul Heckingbottom names an unchanged side for this afternoon. George Baldock returns to the bench.

Paul Heckingbottom’s programme notes

‘Everyone will be keeping a close eye on all the permutations throughout the day, but our focus will be on what we can do going forward today.

‘Our aim is to go out and win the fixture, which will eliminate the noise on the periphery.’

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Availability update

Morgan Gibbs-White and Conor Hourihane have been nursing ‘knocks’ this week, according to Heckingbottom.

Gibbs-White played 90 minutes against QPR last week while Republic of Ireland international Hourihane came off the bench in injury time to score his first goal for the club.

They were due to train ‘on the grass’ - presumably that means a full training session - on Thursday, however.

George Baldock has returned to full training and should be available, having not played since Easter Monday.

Heckingbottom’s message to the fans

He knows early kick-offs can sometimes result in a flat atmosphere - so joked fans should have a few more beers than usual today!