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22 September 2018 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Wilder wary of Lilywhites

21 September 2018

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Chris Wilder says he expects Preston to climb the Sky Bet Championship table soon but hopes that doesn't begin on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of the Lilywhites arriving at Bramall Lane, Wilder remarked: "Preston aren't one of the big hitters in the division but they had a great campaign last year and took their season to the final game having beaten us.

"The last three or four years they've performed well and progressed, they've got an excellent team ethic, but this season things haven't gone as they'd have liked to date.

"But one result could get them up and running and they'll see Saturday as another opportunity, we would in their situation."

The manager added: "They've got a lot of experienced Championship players and that was evident when we played them at Deepdale last season, they've got a really strong squad.

"They won't haven't spent millions and their recruitment is similar to ours, it was on that day that we realised how strong they were and we've worked hard since to get to a position where we've got depth to the group.

"Preston have got an excellent young manager who has a promotion from this division to his name and we must not give them a hand in get that one result that gets them going."

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Blades 3-2 Preston - report

22 September 2018

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David McGoldrick was the United hero, as they deservedly won a five-goal thriller at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Goals from Billy Sharp and Chris Basham had put the Blades in command, before two goals in as many minutes saw Preston level, only for McGoldrick to win it for the hosts in front of the Kop.

Boss Wilder once again rang the changes for the clash against North End, with Sharp, Freeman, Stevens and McGoldrick all returning to the starting XI.

United enjoyed the better of the first 10 minutes, enjoying most of the ball and territory, but despite advancing into promising wide positions, chances weren't forthcoming. Preston briefly threatened with a couple of long-range shot, but Henderson wasn't troubled.

On 25 minutes, United looked to have fashioned an opening, with Fleck playing in Basham on the left following a corner, but McGoldrick's goal bound header was cleared by Huntington. McGoldrick continued to look dangerous in and around the box, heading wide from Freeman's cross.

But 11 minutes later, United were in front and McGoldrick was involved again. He got a run on Davies from Freeman's ball and after Maxwell had saved the ball was tucked into the empty net by SHARP, who couldn't miss.

With half-time approaching, the Blades and that man McGoldrick looked to add a second, but his header was narrowly off target from Stevens inviting centre. At the other end, a number of Blades bodies were put on the line to deny Fisher from Huntington's lay-off.

The first action of note in the second-half saw the Blades double the lead in the 52nd minute. McGoldrick won a free-kick down the right channel and from Norwood's pinpoint centre, BASHAM got a run on his marker and glanced a header home past the despairing dive of Maxwell.

In the Blades attack, it could have been three. Duffy broke at pace and played in McGoldrick, who unfortunately dragged his shot wide from a promising position. The visitors looked for a response from a corner, but Henderson was equal to Clarke's header before the Blades hacked the ball clear.

Sharp received a warm hand as he was replaced by Johnson with 16 minutes remaining. But it was Preston who gave themselves a lifeline in the 80th minute. Moult broke free and played in Fisher and from his low centre, ROBINSON prodded home. And the visitors levelled in their next attack, with JOHNSON firing home with the aid of a deflection from Hughes's left-wing cross.

The game swing back in United's favour though with just three minutes left on the clock, Johnson and Stevens combined on the left, before the latter squared for MCGOLDRICK to get a goal his efforts deserved.

Six minutes of added time were signalled and Stearman replaced McGoldrick before the began. United safely saw them out with the game ending with Henderson showing a safe pair of hands before punching the air with delight.

Blades: Henderson, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Sharp (Johnson 74), Egan, Norwood, McGoldrick (Stearman 90), Freeman, Duffy (Clarke 85).
Unused: Lundstram, Woodburn, Moore, Washington.

Preston: Maxwell, Fisher, Clarke, Davies, Robinson, Browne, Gallagher (Johnson 62), Hughes, Ledson (Harrop 90), Huntington, Barkhuizen (Moult 71).
Unused: Rudd, Earl, Burke, Barker.

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