Despite struggling with injuries towards the end of the season, Sheffield United did well to end the campaign with a 4-0 win against Fulham who had already been crowned champions.
The final day results meant Paul Heckingbottom’s side finished fifth in the league and are now looking ahead to the play-offs, where they take on Nottingham Forest.
Looking ahead to the game, United still have some injury issues as they are missing the likes of captain and top scorer Billy Sharp, Rhian Brewster and Jayden Bogle.
However, just like they did last weekend, Heckingbottom has challenged his side to show the same qualities they did to overcome the injuries, insisting there will be no excuses, as he told The Star: “There’s a culture here and it’s one of no excuses.
“Nobody was talking two months ago about the people we didn’t have and the difficulties that could cause. They just faced up to things and got on with their jobs.
“You can’t win anything, you can’t achieve anything if you don’t have that attitude and aren’t willing to adapt.
“We promote that and we want that. It should be a given at every single club. But, trust me, it’s not.
“We want that attitude to grow even stronger, to get even bigger. Because, I tell you what, it can’t half win you some points.
“I didn’t hear anyone mentioning now that we didn’t have Morgan [Gibbs-White] for two months earlier on or that we were playing a winger at wing-back, things like that. The lads didn’t complain or make a big thing out of it. They just got on with it and faced-up to the challenges.
“That mindset is exactly what you want and it’s something that we place a lot of importance on here. Within the group, that runs right through all of them. It’s why they’ve been able to do what they have but we still want even more.”
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Whilst the injuries that Sheffield United have certainly aren’t helpful when approaching the play-offs, the Blades have overcome these difficulties before and a good result against Fulham will no doubt raise their confidence in that respect.
Paul Heckingbottom’s attitude and the way he is filtering that into his players is exactly what his side need, as it ensures they won’t be going into any game feeling defeated but rather feeling as though they have a great chance.
Nottingham Forest are another good team but across two legs United will be hoping they can get the better to them, and with the possibility of some players being able to return for the final, this will no doubt spur them on to succeed.