Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom has revealed that his Blades side had Sunday off after their 1-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, warning the players could have 'emotional fatigue.'

The Yorkshire side sit second in the Championship and are into the FA Cup quarter-final, but have dipped in form as of late and are just four points ahead of third place Middlesbrough.

Michael Carrick's Boro beat Reading 5-0 on Saturday and Paul Ince's men host the Blades tomorrow.

Speaking to the Sheffield Star after the defeat at Ewood Park, Heckingbottom admitted: "There could be emotional fatigue. But that’s something we’ve got to cope with. Especially at this stage."

Reading Chronicle:

In order to try and stave off fatigue, the players had a rest day on Sunday.

“They were all due to be in (on Sunday) but I’ve given them the day off.

"We’ve been together so much recently, day after day after day, and I want them to have a chance to forget all about football and spend it with their families or their friends.

“I don’t want them coming in at all. It’s as much for me as them. Because when I speak to the lads next, I want there to be real clarity. That’s important.”