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Wilder looking for positive response

23 October 2018

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Chris Wilder insists Stoke City's current league position doesn't reflect the quality and ability they have within their ranks.

But the Blades boss is keen to see his team return to winning ways, following Saturday's disappointing loss at Derby County.

Looking ahead to facing the Potters, Wilder remarked: "When you look at them they've got a team that's just come out of the Premier League and have international players right the way through.

"These things happen, but they have a strong squad and have recruited well in the summer, a new, experienced manager has gone in and he has had success at this level.

"I'm sure Gary (Rowett) will quickly get them going in the right direction."

Wilder added: "It's similar to when we played Birmingham City and everyone said after what a terrible performance and result it was for us.

"Since then Birmingham have won at Leeds and Stoke and these are always tough teams to play against.

"We'll never underestimate anyone is this division and Stoke certainly have the quality and ability to go and win four or five games on the spin, all of a sudden they will be off and running.

"But we're looking to maintain our consistency in performance and I'm sure it'll be a really good game and one we're capable of winning if we are at our best."

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