Sheffield United: All the important fixtures

Success: Danny Wilson won several catch-up games last season.
Success: Danny Wilson won several catch-up games last season.

so, is it preferable to have points in the bag or games in hand? The usual answer is the former.

It can depend, of course, how many games in hand you have and how many points behind you are!

But, as it was once pointed out by a manager whose team, at that stage, had the points in the bag... “we all play 46 games at the end of it all.”

Sheffield United, of course, are the team with games in hand and depending where you look at those around and above them in League One, the number is one, two or three.

Talking of bagged points and games-in-hand, are Bournemouth followers feeling particularly happy and secure with a four point lead (but inferior goal difference) over the Blades whilst knowing Danny Wilson’s men have three matches in hand? Not to mention Brentford being three points behind them with two games in hand.

With the season now entering its final month (play-offs excepted) the interest increases in who the other teams around you have to play.

There’s no doubt the ‘additional’ games United have to play will be crucial. The pivotal game may well prove to be the home game with Brentford on Tuesday, April 16.

This will be the last of three successive home games for United starting with Crawley next Tuesday with Swindon the middle fixture. This could very well be a defining little spell for the men from Bramall Lane - one way or the other!

Before it they go to probably the most improved team in League One, Walsall, on Saturday and will want, at the very least, to match the results that afternoon of Bournemouth (home to Notts County) and Brentford (away to Coventry).

Bournemouth have only four left but the first three look eminently winnable considering the form they have been in.

Leaders Doncaster, with two home games coming up (Tranmere and Carlisle), will be within touching distance of returning to The Championship with six points and very close with even four.

But United followers will be hoping that Rovers still have something to play for when they go to Brentford on the last day... just in case!

Next Wednesday, Brentford go to Crewe just three days after the Alex have had an emotionally draining trip to Wembley for this Sunday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final against Southend. It’s why Swindon have no game this weekend, they were due to play Crewe.

Last season, Danny Wilson saw his side keep winning games or picking up points when playing in ‘catch up’ situations. At least until the fateful Stevenage home game.

He’ll hope for some similar successes this time!