Sheffield United suffered defeat after a hard fought game in front of over 30,000 spectators at Bramall Lane on Saturday, falling 2-0 down to Nottingham Forest before a late goal from Sander Berge.
The Blades dominated possession throughout with over 61%, however Forest’s counter attacking approach worked in their favour.
An early goal from Jack Colback combined with Brennan Johnson’s 70th minute strike fired them to a 2-0 lead, but as the first leg of the tie looked to be coming to a close, United’s Sander Berge bundled the ball over the line in added time to provide Blades fans with some hope heading into the second leg on Tuesday.
Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom recognised the task that lies ahead if United hope to book their place in the Championship playoff final stating “we know it’s going to be a tough game away from home”.
Heckingbottom also acknowledged Forest’s counter-attacking style explaining that it was “the pivotal part of the game”.
In spite of the loss it is clear that the 44 year old manager remains positive, Heckingbottom said the goal at the end was “pivotal – it changed the whole complexion, the whole feeling in terms of their camp and our camp”.
Looking forward to the upcoming game on Tuesday Heckingbottom showed no fear saying “we’ve got nothing to lose”.
Blades fans echoed this sentiment, Martin Cymbal said: “We can only lose but let’s go down having a go.”
Fans continue to voice their support for the team and their desire to see the team battle for an immediate bounceback to the premier league in the playoff final, Matt Staniforth 18, said: “The fans and the club are so tightly knit, sold out grounds week in week out and a place in the final would solidify everyone’s love for the blades”.
Despite supporters enthusiasm, United still have to overcome a deficit in the second leg of the Championship playoffs, a feat that only nine teams have achieved during the premier league era.
The question of whether or not the Blades dream of a Premier League return at the first time of asking will be answered during the Championship play-off second leg at 7:45pm on Tuesday at The City Ground in Nottingham.