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Wilder's half season verdict

24 December 2018

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Chris Wilder is delighted to see the Blades competing in the upper echelons of the Sky Bet Championship at the halfway point in the season but thinks his side can do even better.

Speaking ahead of the Boxing Day clash against Derby County, the Blades boss believes his side are more than holding their own in the second tier.

He remarked: "People don't always look at the bigger picture or the detail of the game, they just see the result and I understand that.

"We have to keep believing in what we are doing and how we play, it's what has made us successful to put us sixth in the Championship.

"It's no good suddenly changing it and me ripping the plan up and going a different way. I still believe this team is possibly playing the best football this club has seen for a very long time.

"We've got a group of players who came through with us from League One, we're doing okay but we'll always try and improve."

Wilder added: "I believe in the group as the manager, they've been outstanding for me, I'll keep driving them forward and some help in January would be good for everyone.

"It doesn't really count for anything, but if you speak to the managers of Leeds, West Brom and Ipswich they'd be very complimentary about us, not that I'm happy with just one point from those three games.

"But we're sixth in the division, we'd like to be closer and tighter to the top two, but we'll keep driving forward and trying to improve.

"In some ways we shouldn't be anywhere near, but we are and I'd like us to be even better."

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