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Wilder's Shrews verdict

20 November 2016

Blades boss Chris Wilder was happy with Saturday's victory over nine-man Shrewsbury Town at Bramall Lane, but 'frustrated' his side didn't win more convincingly.

Billy Sharp and Stefan Scougall netted the first-half goals that were enough to see United move into the automatic promotion places for the first time this term and despite seeing Louis Dodds net a consolation for the visitors, who had Jim O'Brien and Abu Ogogo sent off in the first-half, the Blades boss was keen to focus on the positives.

He remarked: "We've moved up to second in the table, that says it all to me, I will never turn my nose up at a win.

"We have to take care of our own business and we are doing so, before this game, Shrewsbury had won three on the spin and have been doing well under Paul (Hurst).

"Our punters have gone home happy I hope with another three points in the bag and all we can keep doing is focus on the next game, then the next one.

"It's a strange old game and we're frustrated that we didn't score more goals, but that's all because we did win the game."

The success over the Shrews came at something of a cost though with three players coming off injured and Wilder admits the trio could all miss the midweek clash against Bury.

He added: "It wasn't a good day on the injury front, but we'll have to assess each individual ahead of Tuesday.

"Duffy's struggling with his calf, Freeman took a heavy impact on his back and Couttsy leg was a mess following the poor tackle that led to the second red card.

"If none of them make it we have a squad to look after the situation and it gives opportunities to others, but it would be a shame as all three have been in fine form."

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