SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades will grind it out if needed

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AFTER his side have earned widespread praise for their style of football this season, Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson won’t mind one bit if they have to grind out a victory against Stevenage on Saturday evening.

With a sell-out crowd touching 30,000 expected, the Blades are assured of tremendous backing for a game that, right now, is intriguingly poised.

Wilson will brief his squad what to expect from competitive, physical, no-frills opposition who arrive with their own agenda of cementing a Play-off place a year after gaining promotion through that route in their first season in the Football League.

Wilson has encouraged his side to play with a fluency and attacking freedom throughout a tremendous season in which they have become the country’s top scorers but the Blades have also shown they can win another way as well and Wilson would certainly take that if necessary.

Stripped of Ched Evans and now hernia victim Will Hoskins, it makes it even more important that United have the experience of Richard Cresswell to call on after he missed the MK Dons game due to a shoulder injury. The Blades will give him every chance and are hopeful he can return.

Fans have been snapping up tickets for a game which could see United promoted in a best-case scenario but, in a worst case one, could also see them trailing Wednesday by one point or even two.

The South Stand has sold out and the club think the rest of the home areas, with prices reduced to £10 and £5, could follow suit. Stevenage, not heavily followed away, expect one of their better away supports.