Ched Evans' conviction for rape towards the end of 2011/12 was a hammer blow for Sheffield United because he was their talismanic and their main source of goals. Had he stayed I'm sure he would have made the difference in the play-off final against Huddersfield. This rendered the Blades with little attacking prowess going into 2012/13, but they still had a very good defence despite the loss of Matthew Lowton to Aston Villa, and it was this that they predominantly relied on to mount a promotion challenge. Nick Blackman was brought in however, and his goals certainly made a massive impact early on in the season before he was plucked by Premier League Reading. This was another huge loss despite the signing of Jamie Murphy. The team played some neat football at times but appeared toothless also, like much of the play-offs in 2012. The team did so well to remain unbeaten until November where they lost to a harsh late penalty at MK Dons. Harry Maguire and Neill Collins provided some very stiff resistance. Form faltered as the season went on, especially at home, and manager Danny Wilson was to pay the ultimate price, somewhat harshly due to his lack of striking options. The timing of the dismissal was confusing, as it came so close to the impending play-off campaign. Although Chris Morgan is very passionate about the club, he had no experience and this also may have cost them dear in the final reckoning, but he was able to see the team into the play-offs with one or two victories towards the end. United enjoyed lots of possession in the play-off semi-final against Yeovil and definitely had some bad luck in the second leg in front of goal. Ultimately though it was Yeovil's more potent strikeforce which won them the tie, along with some more incisive play setting up the two goals for Kevin Dawson and Ed Upson. Young players were given their chance, but overall the team was lacking in forward areas, both in creativity and finishing.