This weekend, Sheffield United hosted promotion rivals Scunthorpe United in perhaps the biggest League One fixture of the season.

Chris Wilder surprisingly made five changes to his side in Tuesday’s Bristol Rovers game by resting key players Mark Duffy, Billy Sharp and Kieron Freeman to ensure the core of his Sheffield United team were recharged for the huge fixture at Bramall Lane. The Blades named a strong side for Scunthorpe and saw the return of January signing James Hanson in the starting eleven.

The 27,980 in attendance at S2 recognised the importance of the fixture, as did many Blades on Twitter:

The first half saw the Sheffield United dominate the away side but the South Yorkshire club couldn’t find a break through. Scunthorpe were yet to have a shot on target, and the Blades looked to be completely in-control of the vital clash:

However, just two minutes into the second-half, Paddy Madden put the Iron into the lead against the run of play but, before the home supporters had the chance to sulk, captain Billy Sharp equalised in the 49th-minute to score his 21st goal of the season.

Scunthorpe were physical throughout the 90 minutes but the aggressiveness was punished when Harry Toffolo was showed a red card in the second-half.

Both sides battled hard and both came close to scoring a late winner. The Blades survived a late scare from the Iron before Sheffield United themselves saw an effort hit the post in the last few minutes. The match ended as a 1-1 draw and the distance between the clubs remains the same. Bolton also drew, 2-2, with play-off rivals Bradford City, meaning the promotion chase in League One largely stayed the same prior to 3pm.

Sheffield United fans were disappointed to drop the two points but agreed that Scunthorpe, who had just one shot on target, were not worth worrying about:

All Twitter users came together to praise the fantastic support at Bramall Lane with nearly 28,000 watching a third-tier fixture, the highest attendance in League One for the last three seasons:




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