Final reckoning hides Sheffield United's giant effort to reach Championship play-offs as Blades boss Wilder prepares for showdown with warring owners

Final reckoning hides Sheffield United's giant effort to reach Championship play-offs as Blades boss Wilder prepares for showdown with warring owners

THE final analysis shows Sheffield United finished tenth in the Championship, six points short of the play-offs. But those stats hide the real story of another terrific season at Bramall Lane and the giant strides Chris Wilder’s over-performing squad took in an effort to prolong a promotion bid.

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Sheffield United midfield stars Coutts and Fleck are just Champion-ship for Blades boss Wilder

Sheffield United midfield stars Coutts and Fleck are just Champion-ship for Blades boss Wilder

PAUL COUTTS, transfer-listed last summer, and John Fleck are set to have the side built around them if Sheffield United clinch promotion to the Championship. Boss Chris Wilder says they are the best midfield partnership in League One and has faith they can step up to the challenge. Meanwhile, John Brayford's hopes of returning from a loan spell at Burton Albion look unlikely.

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It's tin hat time for Sheffield United as cracks appear in Wilder's rebuild at Bramall Lane

It's tin hat time for Sheffield United as cracks appear in Wilder's rebuild at Bramall Lane

THE TRANSFER window has closed and it's tin hat time for Chris Wilder whose  comprehensive rebuild at Sheffield United now faces its biggest test. Has he assembled a squad good enough to establish a promotion bid? Or after all the rhetoric are cracks beginning to show?

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Sheffield United's Kieron Freeman appears deluded after play-off semi-final first leg defeat at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United's Kieron Freeman appears deluded after play-off semi-final first leg defeat at Bramall Lane

KIERON FREEMAN'S recollection of what happened at Bramall Lane on Thursday evening is worrying. Don't be surprised if the defender who scored Sheffield United's goal in a 2-1 play-off semi-final first leg defeat, soon claims he's just seen Elvis in the car park on Cherry Street,.

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