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Wilder's Rochdale verdict

6 March 2017

Chris Wilder was happy to see the Blades leave Rochdale with a point, following a six-goal thriller at Spotland on Saturday.

Early goals from Mark Duffy and Daniel Lafferty put the Blades in the driving seat against the run of play in Lancashire but Dale hit back to restore parity. Billy Sharp then netted his 24th of the season, but former United loanee Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored for the hosts to ensure the spoils were shared.

And the Blades boss admitted his side were below par against Keith Hill's side, remarking: "We pleased with a point and happy to keep the unbeaten run going, but disappointed with our defending.

"We went 2-0 up inside 15 minutes but we weren't at our best in a lot of respects and Rochdale to their credit played round us.

"I'm honest and I thought on the day Rochdale were better than us. We allowed some very good players the time and space to hurt us and they did.

"They were better than us with and without the ball, but when you aren't playing well you must dig in and be resilient and we were, that attitude earnt us a point.

"We scored twice out of nothing really, we didn't steam roller them. We had an issue with how they played and we struggled throughout to get to grips."

Wilder added: "We had to change the system three or four times to try and get into the game, but ultimately we didn't defend well enough to win the game.

"We changed things at half-time because they were causing all sorts of problems down our left and I will always stand up and make those decisions.

"Too many had off days and that's uncharacteristic. Basham was outstanding, but apart from that we weren't great.

"We had good moments but we weren't consistent enough. We want to be positive and we were, but in the end a point is a good result."

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