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Wilder's Northampton verdict

10 April 2017

Chris Wilder was visibly 'emotional' after the Blades secured promotion back to the Championship at the weekend.

But having gathered his thoughts, he looked back on Saturday's 2-1 victory over Northampton Town at Sixfields with a beaming smile on his face.

Second-half goals from Leon Clarke and John Fleck saw United beat the Cobblers to win automatic promotion in style and the Blades boss remarked: "It is incredible, simply incredible and life changing.

"I'm emotional about it all, we have all put our heart and soul into this club and we've got a group of special players who deserve to go down in history.

"What league it is doesn't matter, this is a special group of players who have handled the pressure and expectation and done everything needed to win promotion.

"Everyone in the game has expected us to turn up and win every week and we've done it consistently well throughout the season to get to this moment.

"I'm so proud of everyone connected to the club and we should be thankful for this group of players and what they've achieved."

Reflecting further, Wilder added: "The whole season, the character, desire and determination, was summed up in one game. We weren't great first-half, Northampton deservedly got their noses it front and we knew we had it all to do.

"But second-half we stepped it up to an incredible level, we went for the jugular and regardless of what was happening elsewhere we wanted to win the game and that's what we did to go up in fitting circumstances.

"This is a tough division, this club has seen that over the last six seasons and Saturday was a big game for Northampton too. They wanted to beat us and did everything in their power to do so.

"But we've overcome so many hurdles, we've handled the setbacks and this group of players and staff have never looked like bottling it."

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