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Wilder positive ahead of Norwich clash

24 January 2019

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Chris Wilder says the Blades are focused on closing the gap between themselves and the top two, rather than looking at those chasing the play-off places.

And the Blades boss was characteristically optimistic when looking ahead to Saturday's trip to Carrow Road, to tackle second placed Norwich City.

He remarked: "There is nobody guaranteed to win games, there isn't an outstanding team in the division and it is so tightly contested.

"Is a draw at West Brom two points dropped for Norwich, or a point gained, if we'd have drawn at Swansea would that have been a point gained or two dropped?

"It's how you assess things, people will look at different results from all sorts of angles and it's how the division is this season.

"I look at Norwich, see they've got 53 points and are sitting second in the table, a point behind the leaders. I look at us as four off the top and three off second."

Wilder continued: "We'll look at it positively, we'll go to Norwich in positive mood and we're going there to get on the front foot and win.

"We have no other intention in our head, other than winning on Saturday, we try and win every game and that won't change.

"I'm not saying that we wouldn't try and see a game out in the last 10 minutes, because that's sensible football, but we won't sit on the crossbar and let them throw everything at us, if they do push us back we might have to counter attack at times though.

"It's two different styles, but two positive ways of going about it and I'm sure Norwich City and Daniel (Farke) feels the same way about it, both teams have had outstanding results when it perhaps wasn't expected."

"We're looking up and trying to close the gap, you can't run a race looking behind you."


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