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Wilder's Rochdale verdict

14 August 2016

Chris Wilder was encouraged by the character his players showed in Saturday's stalemate with Rochdale at Bramall Lane.


Despite admitting it was below par performance from his side for much of the contest against Keith Hill's Dale, Wilder felt the Blades deserved at least a share of the spoils following an improved second-half showing, as Billy Sharp cancelled on Andrew Cannon's first-half opener.


Speaking in the aftermath of the contest, Wilder remarked: "We weren't as good as we have been previously, but we were bright for the first 20 minutes until Rochdale got more into the game.


"Rochdale's shape meant they had a bit more of the ball in the middle of the park and we didn't move the ball into wide areas quick enough.


"Then they score and that changes the atmosphere of the crowd and in the end we had to dig ourselves out of a hole and hopefully those battling qualities we have demonstrated gives everyone a belief."


The Blades boss added: "It was a difficult afternoon, but let's give the fans some credit, it was a bit flat and just before we got the equaliser they made a genuine attempt to lift the team and after Billy's goal they really got behind us as we chased a second.


"We had to start somewhere, I'm not going to say it was the best performance or the best point we will ever get, but it's start and if we're been greedy, perhaps we could have snatched a winner."


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