Such has been Sheffield United’s form of late that Paul Heckingbottom would have been disappointed to only claim a goalless draw at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
However, with the Terriers having been unfortunate to have a goal disallowed in the first half, Heckingbottom may eventually reflect on the result as a point gained against a playoff rival, one which keeps their fate in their own hands.
The battle for the top six is changing on a weekly basis but with Sheffield United having games in hand on each of the seven clubs above them, they will be very much back on track if they can see off Hull.
Although the goals are still not following like earlier in the season, Sheffield United now have four clean sheets from five outings, and they also still have 11 fixtures at Bramall Lane to look forward to this campaign.
Already on a three-match winning streak at their Yorkshire home, that may eventually prove to be the difference maker, but their next opponents will hope to derail their ambitions to return to the Premier League.
Returning just three points from his opening four Championship fixtures, Shota Arveladze will be unhappy with how his team have started life under his guidance.
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Nevertheless, the Tigers gave a solid account of themselves against leaders Fulham on Saturday, leaving supporters far more optimistic than they were after recent defeats to Preston North End and Derby County.
Fortunately for Hull, they remain 12 points clear of the relegation zone, but there will be no complacency from the new boss or his squad as they bid to impress the new owners.
Hull have been a streaky team all season, and their current losing streak represents the fifth time that they have lost at least three matches in a row