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Wilder delighted following first workout

10 July 2017

Chris Wilder took more positives out of Saturday's pre-season success at Stocksbridge Park Steels than the nine-goal winning margin.

The Blades ran out comprehensive victors at Bracken Moor, despite a spirited performance from the hosts, but it was how the new players integrated themselves into the team that particularly pleased the manager.

He remarked: "We've not done a lot of work with the new lads in terms of shape.

"It's been more physical stuff, from Monday to Friday, getting them to a good standard from a fitness point of view.

"But I thought they all grabbed the shape really quickly, though. Nathan (Thomas) and George (Baldock), in the first half, did that and so did Rich (Stearman) and Enda (Stevens) in the second; he got to the back stick and claimed a goal."

United began last pre-season with a resounding win at the Look Local Stadium and 12 months on Wilder admits he was equally as impressed with his the application all his players demonstrated.

The boss added: "It's the same situation - it's always good to get off to a positive start.

"The atmosphere in the dressing room was very good; be it the first team or the one that came on in the second half.

"They went at it full tilt. We've spoke about not changing the rules, giving everything, being positive and doing what it takes to win games.

"Sometimes these games can fizzle out. But we wanted to be positive and keep it going. We did that."

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