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Wilder's Vale verdict

16 October 2016

Chris Wilder unsurprisingly described United's comprehensive victory over Port Vale at Bramall Lane as 'the best performance of the season'.


A first-half double from influential defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell laid the foundations for an impressive victory over Bruno Ribeiro's Valiants, before second-half strikes from Mark Duffy and substitute Stefan Scougall put the icing on the cake for the Blades.


And Wilder was beaming in the aftermath of the success, remarking: "It was a great day at the office. We've been threatening to do that for a while, so to do it against a team that were previously riding above is in the league is fantastic.


"We actually had the ball in the back of the net eight times which is remarkable, we were disappointed with the decision at 1-0 and to be the fair to the referee at half-time he came and admitted his mistake.


"It was the best performance of the season, but we've played decent football all season, we've filled the box better though and scored four goals from inside the box as a result."


The Blades boss felt it was a near perfect performance, adding: "Supporters will walk away reflecting on a superb win, the goals and the clean sheet, but for me I look for the small things.


"Freeman's tackle in the first-half at nil-nil is crucial, whilst the likes of Scougall and Chapman are harassing defenders right to the final whistle despite the game being in the bag.


"It are the ugly bits that give you the chance to dominate like we did. Work ethic earns you the right to express yourself and we won headers, tackles and races throughout, whilst Simon Moore make a crucial save in the second-half.


"Billy and Matty Done will be miffed not to have scored in a 4-0 victory but both of them have played a big role again."