Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been quoted by the Yorkshire Post as dismissing Leeds United’s three-point lead over the Blades in the race to gain automatic promotion.
Leeds earned a 1-0 win over Steve Bruce’s Sheffield Wednesday last time out, while Sheffield United were held to a 1-1 draw by Millwall. Lions centre-back Jake Cooper scored a 95th-minute equaliser.
It leaves Marcelo Bielsa’s side in second place on 82 points. Sheffield United sit in third on 79 points with four league games to play, while leaders Norwich City sit at the summit of the division on 86 points.
Blades boss Wilder was asked about the gap in his press conference and he stated that the gap remains a small one, and that successfully obtaining three points can shake things up this weekend.
“The last time I looked it was only three points. The school i went to was quite a decent one so we are still in with a shout. One big win can change everything,” Wilder said.
Leeds sit in the driving seat and could extend the gap on Good Friday. They take on struggling Wigan Athletic at Elland Road, a match they will be expected to win considering they won 2-1 away from home.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, face a slightly more difficult task in beating Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane. Though they are the favourites to beat Martin O’Neill’s side, Forest are capable of producing a result.
Leeds are certainly in a very strong position. But the pressure from fans is enormous. The fate of the race for second could depend on whether the Leeds players can cope with the pressure.