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Wilder's Norwich verdict

27 January 2019

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Chris Wilder felt his side deserved the point earnt at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Speaking after United twice pegged back the Canaries in Norfolk, courtesy of a Billy Sharp brace, Wilder was more than happy to return home clutching a share of the spoils.

He remarked: "It was a hard earned point and we're delighted to get something from the game because we were playing an exceptional side.

"We've shown great character going 1-0 behind, then 2-1 behind, some were slightly disappointed we didn't win it, but on the balance of play, a draw is a fair result.

"We'll take a point, we've been on the wrong end of some close, tight games and we didn't want to be on the receiving end of another one.

"We finished strongly, but Norwich cause all sorts of problems at the top of the pitch, with their three narrow forwards.

"We lost our shape for their first goal, we came steaming out and they took full advantage and they've got that ability, we had to hang on at times, but we were causing them problems.

"I suppose it's the different shapes, both were open when the other team counter attacked, but after 60 minutes I really felt there was something in the game for us.

"We showed bags of character and it was a deserved equaliser, having had a few chances second-half."

The manager added: "They were better first-half, we perhaps shaded the second-half.

"We're talking about centre-forwards getting into the box and nobody does it better than Bill. For him to score two was pleasing, we've been speaking to him about getting in the box a bit quicker and that's 18 for the season in the league.

"We had to be at a standard to have a chance to get anything, if not we'd have been punished. It was a good top end game of Championship football."

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