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Wilder's Orient verdict

7 November 2016

"It was a good day for everybody, it doesn't get much better than winning 6-0 at Bramall Lane."


That was Chris Wilder's initial comment in the aftermath of Sunday's resounding victory over Leyton Orient in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.


Chris Basham opened the scoring, with Stefan Scougall and Kieron Freeman adding their names to the scoresheet before the break. But the second-half belonged to Middlesbrough loanee Harry Chapman, who helped himself to a first professional hat-trick against the League Two strugglers.


But despite the O's lowly position in the division below, Wilder was keen to praise the professionalism of his side, he remarked: "The attitude and work ethic of the players was outstanding and that allows us to show our ability, there is plenty within the squad and we've seen it again.


"People will talk about the position of the opposition, but we can only beat what's in front of us and we did that clinically and comprehensively.


"Nothing is given to you on a plate, it's a Sunday afternoon, the crowd is 6,000 instead of 20,000, but we entertained a healthy turnout when sometimes these games can turn into real struggles.


"Our tempo and desire to be successful made it the formality everyone thought it would be on paper."


The Blades boss made three enforced changes to face Orient, with Simon Moore and Ethan Ebanks-Landell missing in addition to Billy Sharp, who was amongst the substitutes despite being ill during the week.


And Wilder outlined the reasoning behind his team selection, commenting: "Bill has been in bed most of the week but still put his hand up to be on the bench. It was a week too soon for Leon (Clarke) and Matt (Done), whilst we are still being careful with Caolan (Lavery).


"That meant we didn't start with a recognised striker out there, but we changed the way we play slightly, adapted well and went on to score six good goals. Our movement was excellent.


"We will always work hard and be committed and that allows you to have a base to be a dominate force offensively."


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