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Wilder hails character

22 September 2018

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Chris Wilder was understandably pleased with Saturday's deserved victory over Preston North End, despite a second-half scare at Bramall Lane.

Speaking after seeing his side move up to fourth in the table with the win over the Lilywhites, Wilder felt his side were good value for the success, with David McGoldrick netting the decisive goal.

He remarked: "We had a difficult ten minute spell and we let the opposition back into the game, but I'm not surprised by the reaction of my players to win it again.

"We lost our shape and a bit of discipline again towards the end, but it isn't possible to press like we do for 90 minutes, I was delighted with the performance for the first 70.

"We were outstanding, we created numerous chances and got to the byline with most attacks, credit to Preston for defending their goal like they did."

Wilder added: "At 2-0 it's a score where you always need another goal to kill the game off and we had opportunities to do so, but they showed spirit and fight and got back into it.

"It's been a difficult week, we deserved something from a long trip to Bristol, in midweek I possibly made too many changes and that affected our fluency.

"So to end it with three points having recovered from the setback of being pegged back is very pleasing."

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