Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is mistaken when he thinks his Premier League high flyers are not appreciated after his long-ball tag burst
- Chris Wilder suggested that his side of Sheffield United is undervalued by some
- United is seventh in the table after a 1-1 draw at home in Brighton on Saturday
- The newcomers to the Premier League challenge a Champions League place
It was a nice trick to motivate his players even further, or Chris Wilder did not understand the appreciation for his side beyond Sheffield.
In the aftermath of this home game against Brighton, the Blades boss sent a message to those who think his team is a champion gear that just pushes the ball forward: go back and watch the previous 90 minutes.
Wilder’s outburst was strange. Not because he is wrong, but because there are very few or no observers who do not know exactly what Sheffield United is about, and that is far from being a team that just throws it up. They could do it, especially with 6ft 2in Oli McBurnie as a goalkeeper. But McBurnie’s best work is with his feet.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder felt that his side was criticized for adopting direct tactics
Wilder went on the defensive after his party went home to Brighton in the Premier League
So Wilder claims that there are people who don’t understand that his team felt out of place. Unless of course it was a tactic to reinforce a siege mentality with a team that continues to confuse the expectations for the season.
Graham Potter, head coach in Brighton, talked about the “identity” of the Blades and admitted that his own team was forced to leave their team to pursue a result, their opponents were so good. Thanks also to Potter for doing it and showing up with a point they hardly earned after Neal Maupay canceled the stunning opener of Enda Stevens.
But the point for the home team was perhaps more important because it brought them to the traditional watermark to survive 40.
Since the first Premier League campaign of 1992-1993, the club has survived a peak season and Wilder returned a knowing smile when their performance was called Saturday night.
“I’d like to think that will give us another season at this level,” he said. “We are a bit disappointed that we have not yet added two points, but that is not to try. Reaching 40 is great, but we are looking for more. We are in a groove, we are in a good place. “
The Blades are looking for a place in the Champions League and have secured everything but their top status
It would be unjust if their journey did not end in European football, especially if the continental ban of Manchester City applies. Because what Wilder has done is a victory for management, proof that a man on the touchline can have so much influence on a team that, on paper, reads a bit like two-fold errors.
On grass, however, they are Premier League stars, just like their manager. If he doesn’t realize that, the rest of us will.
MATCHING FACTS AND TEAM LINE UP
Sheffield United (3-5-2): Henderson 6; Basham 6, Egan 6, O’Connell 6.5; Baldock 6.5, Berge 6 (Lundstram 81min), Norwood 6.5, Fleck 7.5, Stevens 7 (Osborn 46, 6); McBurnie 6.5, Sharp 6 (McGoldrick 74, 5.5)
Subs not used: Jagielka, Verrips, Mousset, Retsos. Scorer: Stevens 26
Manager: Chris Wilder 7
Brighton (5-2-1-2): Ryan 6; Schelotto 6 (Trossard 75, 5), Dunk 6, Webster 6, Duffy 6, Burn 6.5; Bissouma 6.5, Propper 5.5; Mooy 6; Maupay 6.5 (Bernardo 90), Murray 5.5 (Connolly 75, 5)
Subs not used: Gross, Jahanbakhsh, March, Button. Scorer: Maupay 30
booked: Bissouma, Propper
Manager: Graham Potter 6.5
Referee: Graham Scott 7
Referee: Anthony Taylor