Sheffield United beat Reading 1-0 last night and Chris Morgan feels it was a massive result for the promotion race.
The win puts United seven clear of Middlesbrough in third now. Despite Boro’s amazing form, they are still firmly behind the Blades, with a worse goal difference as well.
And Chris Morgan believes that United winning at Reading will have dampened the mood at bit on Teesside.
What Chris Morgan said about Sheffield United and Middlesbrough
Speaking on SUTV after the win last night, Morgan was confident in his predictions. And he believes that a seven point gap, plus a change in mindset, could be massive for both United and Boro.
“I don’t want this to haunt me but I think seven points at this stage of the season is huge. Yes, Middlesbrough are playing well. They’re a good team and since Michael Carrick’s gone in he has turned them around,” Morgan said.
“But I think, realistically, they’ve got to win three more games than us. And yeah, there’s 11 left and people might be sat listening well it’s still doable. But teams at this stage of the season, I think it’s massive. We’ve got another massive game against Luton, all eyes will be on it, you talk about pressure.”
Morgan was captain of the squad that got promoted to the Premier League under Neil Warnock back in 2006. And he added that he believes Middlesbrough’s players will have been hoping for a much different outcome last night.
“I think the game tonight, if you look. Middlesbrough will be thinking if Sheffield United get beat at Reading tonight it’s four points. They’ll have been thinking ‘if they get beat at Reading then they’ve got Luton that’s tough, if they slip up there and we win we’re only a point behind’. And all of sudden you’re getting excited. But then tonight you’re getting in bed thinking ‘we’re seven points behind’. That’s a massive dent to Middlesbrough tonight.”
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At this stage of the season, it really doesn’t matter how those wins come about. Whether you hammer a team 4-0, or scrape over the line with a scrappy 1-0, it’s all the same.
Points are the most important thing right now for United. Winning at Reading was massive. It was the high-pressured game in hand, against a team who’d not lost at home since November. The Blades deserve big credit for getting the job done.
From here, it’s just about kicking on. United face Luton and then Sunderland before the FA Cup quarters and then a two week break. If the Blades are still seven clear by then, then confidence should be sky high on getting the job done.