NEILL Collins has warned leaders Charlton Athletic that the battle for League One supremacy is far from over.
Sheffield United climbed to second in the table, eight points behind Chris Powell’s side, when Collins’ first-half goal saw them beat Yorkshire rivals and fellow Championship hopefuls Huddersfield Town earlier this week.
But United’s match-winner at the Galpharm Stadium insists it is still too early in the season to draw any conclusions about which teams will secure automatic promotion and avoid the nerve-shredding agony of the play-offs.
Collins said: “It’s a nice position to be in but to look at the table right now is premature.
“There is a lot that can still happen. It is why I don’t understand anyone who says Charlton will run away with it.
“I’ve been here before and nothing is done and dusted until you’ve got that medal around your neck. Huddersfield will have gone away from our game with plenty of positives in their mind even though we beat them.
“(Sheffield) Wednesday will not curl up and die after losing to Stevenage either. I am sure they’ll come back even stronger and, if anything, they’ll be rejuvenated.
“Equally, Stevenage haven’t looked back since they beat us last year so we recognise how tough things could be. All we could do was win and we did that.”
Nevertheless, on an evening which saw all of the division’s leading six clubs paired together on the fixture calendar, United struck what could be an important psychological blow by beating the Terriers and leapfrogging their arch-rivals from Hillsborough in the rankings.
Collins, a member of the Leeds squad which dragged themselves out of League One in 2010, said: “By the time I got there that team (Leeds) didn’t have much momentum. It was also slightly different in the fact that it wasn’t as experienced as the team we’ve got here.”