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Wilder's Leeds verdict

17 March 2019

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Chris Wilder was delighted with Saturday's crucial victory at Elland Road, but acknowledged his side were far from the best, despite moving above Leeds.

Reflecting on a hard-fought success, secured courtesy of Chris Basham's second-half strike, Wilder admitted the hosts could count themselves unfortunate not to at least share the spoils.

He remarked: "With the ball we were pretty average in the first-half, we turned the ball over quite easily, but we grew into the game and showed all the hallmarks of getting a result when you aren't at your best.

"After Tuesday night part of me was wanting to freshen it up because the amount of effort and the distance we covered could have played a part coming here to face Leeds United on a heavy pitch.
"But my players stuck in there and for the first time in 18 months we've won a big game when we've not been at our best.

"We've been on the receiving end plenty of times though, so this one perhaps balances things out a bit.

"We needed an extra body in midfield because of the distance Fleck and Norwood covered in midweek. Bash will get his hands dirty and do a job, for him to score the winner was pretty fortunate because I could have taken him off after 25 minutes!"

Wilder added: "He kept giving the ball away and a few others did too, Leeds gained momentum without many clear cut chances.

"It was a game dominated by the opposition, but we changed the shape and we grew into the game, we hung on in there and then when we scored we had something else to cling on to.

"Bash epitomised to me what being a Sheffield United player is about, sticking in there and digging yourself out of a hole.

"Nobody was more delighted for Bash than all the boys, it was a true team effort, perhaps the opposition deserved to get something, but you take any result you can get at this stage."

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