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Wilder's Southend verdict

8 January 2017

Chris Wilder was understandably delighted following Saturday's impressive 4-2 victory over Phil Brown's Southend United.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Jack O'Connell, Caolan Lavery and Kieron Freeman were all on the scoresheet in Essex as United made it six league wins on the spin and in the process extended the lead at the summit to four points.

Speaking after a dominate display, Wilder beamed: "It was a big performance and a big result, especially on the back of Southend's current form.

"This is a tough place to come to, Southend are a very good side who hammered Bradford and I'm glad we don't have to come here again.

"We got out of the traps and we should have done to them what they did to us at Bramall Lane.

"But we've taken great satisfaction in how we've beaten them, given their experience on and off the field and the way we dismantled in the second-half was fantastic."

Wilder added: "Credit to Southend, it's tough coming here and although we're disappointed with their second goal, they never gave up, but in all honesty, we should have been out of sight by that point.

"Once we got ourselves going in the second-half we steamrolled a very good side. We knew it would be a big result if we could win here and the rest of the division will be thinking the same.

"If we can go to Roots Hall and win 4-2 we can get a result anywhere, we were excellent in and out of possession and we're deservedly in a great position."

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