Blades overcome hot Tractor Boys to force decider
Scott Hogan and Jack O’Connell helped Sheffield United overcome a huge effort by Ipswich players and force a last game on 5 May.
Hogan scored and O’Connell added a second-half goal to help the Blades beat the Ipswich Town 2-0 to take the Championship into a decider.
Last game on 5 May in Stoke City, where Chris Wilder’s side had the league’s second best away record during the season (Away: W11 D6 L5). The defence record from Potter is going to be a problem which tops of the Blades’ manager head (9 clean sheets from 22 games).
“If they earn a victory over Ipswich Town, it’s probably going to be even tougher for Norwich City than the game in Stoke,” Mulder Lam said when asked what he expected in the season finale.
“Lot of Norwich players came off the bench and had good games. I think the Canaries have had that pretty regularly and Mario Vrancic (Trybull’s replacement) had that tonight, so, that was great to see.”
As City seek to hold off the Blades’ in a thrilling title race, they needed the win or draw to end as a real title contender after a listless performance in straight four-draw in a row last few weeks in which the Blades led by five-game unbeaten run and two straight win.
The bottom three are confirmed as Rotherham United is the last team of those three to declare their relegation from Championship. Their troubled counterpart Bolton Wanderers postponed their match against Brentford due to unpaid salary. However, English Football League urged them to re-arranged both last matches as soon as possible after sorting out their salary pay in March and takeover issues.
Leeds United will host Aston Villa as their game kicks off on Sunday in Elland Road. The Whites side could head to Championship playoff with possibility to face again the same opponent in Wembley playoff finale if both team earn a victory through 2 legged play-off in the first round.
Match day 45 result: (Bold is winner)
Millwall 0-0 Stoke City
Birmingham City 1-1 Wigan Athletic
Bristol City 0-2 Derby County
Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading
Preston North End 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday
QPR 0-1 Nottingham Forest
Swansea City 2-2 Hull City
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Rotherham United
Sheffield United 2-0 Ipswich Town
Norwich City 2-1 Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United vs Aston Villa (Sunday fixture)