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We must handle the expectation

17 January 2019

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Chris Wilder believes it's all to play throughout the Sky Bet Championship, as the Blades prepare for Saturday's televised clash against Swansea City.

Speaking ahead of the fixture at the Liberty Stadium, the Blades boss acknowledged his side must continue to produce their best if they are to have a chance of making it five consecutive league victories in Wales at the weekend.

But he also admitted, he expects the Swans to be challenging opposition, he remarked: "We've got to accept and handle the expectation and I should imagine there is an expectation from Swansea City supporters, that their team should be doing a lot better.

"And the expectation from our supporters is that we should be staying in the position we are, but you have to be realistic.

"Graham (Potter) and his players will know they've got to handle come out of the Premier League and there is usually a transition, we know we will have to be at our maximum to continue to compete at the top.

"Supporters want to win games consistently and to do that you have to have a high level of performance on a consistent basis too."

Wilder added: "Teams are striving for that run, but there will be ones who have good and bad results and there is still a hell of a lot to play for.

"The run Hull are currently on is a great example of what can happen in this division, they are now talking about the play-offs.

"We have to keep playing well and picking up points because we could soon move down the league if standards slip, but it's how you recover from a defeat as there will be plenty of twists and turns."

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