Ged Scott says Neil Warnock's Blades could still be blunted...
Judging by his histrionics at the final whistle, Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock was clearly as pleased as punch at escaping from Molineux undefeated on Tuesday night.
The always sharp-witted Blades boss was in no mood to reflect on his side's toppling from the head of the Championship table by Steve Coppell's Reading.
After punching the freezing Molineux night air in celebration, Warnock preferred instead to concentrate on highlighting the Blades' achievement of taking four points off Wolverhampton Wanderers this season. No small matter this, given these two sides' history in the 2003 First Division play-off final, when Warnock's men were destroyed by Dave Jones' Wolves within 45 one-sided minutes at the Millennium Stadium.
Not that winning the battle that day did Wolves much long-term good in the overall war. After an under-funded year of inevitable failure in the top flight, followed by last season's lost year, Wolves are now way behind Warnock's Blades in the race to get back up there . . . 17 points behind, to be precise.
But was Warnock's postmatch gloating really such a good idea?
Warnock made much of the loss of his suspended captain Chris Morgan and defender David Unsworth at Molineux, but Wolves themselves have suffered massively with injuries.
At one time, Glenn Hoddle had 12 men under treatment - and he was still missing seven on Tuesday, most notably first-choice strike pair Kenny Miller and Carl Cort, and his two most experienced players Jackie McNamara and skipper Paul Ince.
But Warnock unwisely chose to taunt Wolves for still being down in the play-off pack and not at the head of the field.
Taking a leaf from Hoddle's well-thumbed book of equestrian terminology, Warnock even cheekily made reference to the Wolves boss's noted preference for comparing the Championship's 46-match race to 30 the Grand National's 30 fences.
"We're over Becher's now," said Warnock. "And although we could still come down at the Canal Turn, time keeps ticking away, games keep going by and we've now got Reading, Crystal Palace and Wolves out of the way.
"Only time will tell if we go on to hit a few more fences, but it's up to other teams to knock us down. We've now got four points off Wolves, which is excellent, and I'd rather be in our position than theirs.
"I look at other people's squads and Wolves and Palace should be where us and Reading are. They've got the best squads, so you've got to give credit to myself and Steve Coppell for getting us up there."
Regardless if back-slapping self-congratulations, this Championship promotion race is a long way from the finish line. And there are obvious signs emerging that, while Wolves have it in them to come through and do a Red Rum, Sheffield United would not be the first frontrunners to be cast in the role of Crisp.
The least attack-minded team to visit Molineux this season, Warnock's wobblers had only managed to scrape a point at home to bottom club Millwall on Saturday, whereas Wolves might better be judged on the style with which they won at Derby, rather than Tuesday's night's tactically dominated non-event.
No, Mr Warnock, it's not over yet. Not by a long chalk.