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United were 'excellent', says Wilder

19 August 2017

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Chris Wilder described Saturday's performance in the victory over Barnsley as 'excellent' and he thought his side fully deserved all three points.

Reflecting a keenly contested South Yorkshire derby, the Blades boss remarked: "I thought we were excellent and when you win you love an early kick-off because that's our day done and dusted.

"Seriously though I thought we were very good. On the back of defeat at Cardiff I really thought this was a game we could get after.

"I'm not a manager who comes out and says it should have been six, seven or eight because that's unrealistic, but I thought we were the dominant force.

"It was only towards the end that Barnsley made some bold decisions to get some players up the pitch, but honestly the game should have been done and dusted before half-time.

"Their goalkeeper was really good and he had to work hard. One of my criticisms is we haven't worked the opposition's defence or goalkeeper enough in the last two games.

"Yes it was a Middlesbrough and then Cardiff but we have quality at the top of the pitch and we need to show that and do better, we did that."

On the red cards shown to Leon Clarke and Tykes skipper Angus MacDonald, Wilder added: "I spoke to Leon, their boy chucked a punch at Leon, he has grappled with him and then their player has gone to headbutt him.

"I don't like to see players go down, but maybe for an experience player Leon should have walked away, but it is an initial reaction I suppose."

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