Sheffield United fans will surely love Phil Hay’s latest comments on promotion race

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has taken a closer look at Leeds United, Norwich City and Sheffield United as the race for automatic promotion from the Championship hots up, and he believes the latter have a “favourable” run-in.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the top three are currently separated by only five points with eight league fixtures left to play with who is going to go up still very much up in the air.

Hay has taken a look at the remaining matches for each of the aforementioned trio of clubs, and believes the fact that the Blades don’t have to play anyone around them in the table – as things stand – could prove beneficial.

He wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post: “In terms of the fixture list itself, Sheffield United do not have any of the top six left to play. Some would call that favourable.”

Sheffield United fans should be happy

There is no doubt that those at Bramall Lane will be pleased with Hay’s verdict, but they will also still be apprehensive.

Despite the fact that they aren’t due to play another top-six club at the moment, the situation could quickly change with both Preston North End and Nottingham Forest still sniffing around the play-off positions themselves.

In addition Chris Wilder knows more than anyone that there are no easy games in the Championship and that they can’t afford to take anything for granted, but there is no doubt that Hay’s comments will get Blades fans dreaming of Premier League football.