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Wilder's Scunthorpe verdict

25 September 2016

Blades boss Chris Wilder was pleased with the commitment and application of his players in Saturday's entertaining 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United.

On an incident packed afternoon at Glanford Park, a Billy Sharp penalty rescued a point for the visitors, who played the final 23 minutes with ten men following Chris Basham's red card.

Speaking after seeing Josh Morris and Duane Holmes cancel out Basham's well taken opener from a rehearsed set-piece, Wilder praised his side, despite admitting they were below par against the Iron.

The Gaffer remarked: "We've not played well but we leave with a point and although the players are disappointed with the performance we're very happy to keep the unbeaten run going.

"We've dug in and shown character again. We've stood up and been counted having conceded an equaliser, been reduced to ten men and then falling behind.

"We could have gone under and lost the game, but we haven't and that's a big positive in the circumstances.

"We defended well for long periods, but I wanted us to be better on the ball. It was scrappy, it was disjointed and it was a tough game but importantly we haven't lost.

"The fans reaction at the end shows what they think about the team and it was a case of having to grind one out and we did."

Commenting briefly on the game's main talking point, Wilder added: "In my opinion I honestly believe that this was a case of two lads going into a challenge fully committed to win the ball.

"I'm gutted for Bash because he has been terrific and we don't think he deserved to be sent off meaning we lose a big player for the next three matches."

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