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Victory was for the fans, says Wilder

Brentford reaction

5 August 2017

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Chris Wilder dedicated Saturday's three points to the fans.

Back in the Championship after six seasons in England's third tier, Billy Sharp's first-half header proved to be enough to overcome a talented Brentford outfit at Bramall Lane and the Blades boss says it's a moment the fans have deserved.

He remarked: "I'm delighted and its reward for our supporters really. It's not about me, the coaching staff or the players, this one is for the fans, for the passion, the love and enthusiasm they've shown throughout the last six years.

"You've got to be a special bred to be involved with this football club and what they've had to do over the last six years has been pretty tough, so it's a big thank for their effort and what an atmosphere

"It was absolutely bouncing and something very special. The players didn't do bad either I suppose!"

Wilder added: "We had a goalkeeper who has made a few vital saves, we've run about a bit, hit the post, created chances and had two goals disallowed, but that's us.

"We work hard, we leave everything out there, we were a little bit loose in possession and we didn't overload like we usually do, but we're stepping up a level against excellent opposition and we can be pleased with gaining a valuable three points."

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