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Wilder's Scunthorpe verdict

20 February 2017

Blades boss Chris Wilder was brimming with pride following Saturday's clash against Scunthorpe United at Bramall Lane.

The spoils were shared in front of a crowd of 27,980, with Billy Sharp's 21st of the campaign cancelling out Paddy Madden's opener, but it was the hosts who were the dominant force throughout the contest.

And Wilder was delighted by the application and attitude of his team, remarking: 'It was an excellent first-half performance. The supporters were passionate and vocal and that gave us a platform to produce a positive, front foot front showing. The only disappointment was we weren't in front.

'We drove the game forward, Simon (Moore) was a spectator and we responded excellently to the blow of going behind against the run of play and from then on it was one-way traffic again.

'Their goalkeeper made a few good saves, we've hit the post and perhaps we lacked that bit of quality in the final third, but everyone gave everything and the supporters reaction at the end tells you everything.'

Wilder added: 'We've got a knowledgeable crowd and if they see the players putting in a shift they will back them to the hilt and they are doing.

'The supporters want to see forward thinking, positive football and this group never gives anything less.

'Scunthorpe are a good side, they have got a good squad and they will have been delighted to leave with a point.

'They deserve credit for sticking in the game in both halves. But they've changed their shape for the first time this season for us and still we've made a very good side look second best.'

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