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Wilder praises first-class Clarke

23 November 2017

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Chris Wilder was quick to praise Leon Clarke, after the experienced marksman netted a second consecutive Bramall Lane hat-trick in Tuesday's loss to Fulham.

Speaking in the aftermath of a nine-goal thriller at S2, the Blades boss also felt his side went down fighting in the right manner.

He commented: "Things opened up for Flecky and Leon reacted so quickly to tuck away the rebound. The second is a good individual effort with a powerful shot and the third he times his run perfectly to head home at the back post.

"Leon has been first-class, and he lives and dies by scoring goals. We're bitterly disappointed not to have won having scored another four at home, but we will cause teams problems going forward.

"We went for it, we ended up with two recognised defenders and Lunny at right-back, but we were desperate to go down fighting, that's how I think our supporters want to see us go down.

Wilder added: "A few had off nights and three or four of them fell a bit short. Flecky was outstanding and Jack O'Connell drove the game forward, but we just lacked that spark and energy.

"The tempo and movement wasn't quite there and we were forced to play in front of them and sideways and when that happens, with the pace they've got you are always liable to get caught on the counter.

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