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Wilder admits Sheffield United should fight for survival this season

Sun 29 November 2020 | 17:31

An 1-0 away defeat against fellow strugglers West Brom made Chris Wilder define ‘realistic’ goals for his team this season.

The Blades were the surprise of the last season as they finished ninth on their return to the top flight, but earning only one point from their ten matches this season gives signs of a tough season to

Chris Wilder


Following their fifth straight loss at the Hawthorns, the United boss believes the target for his team is the Premier League survival.

“No wins in 10, you are usually talking about a team going down but we need to stay in contact with the teams in and around us, and at this moment in time we are just looking at 17th, that’s me being realistic given the start we have made

,” said Wilder.

“There’s no point being unrealistic about it. We have to try and finish 17th. We have to try and keep in touch and go on a run of games where we win three or four on the bounce and try and pull somebody else into it.

“And that can happen, we’ve seen it last season with Bournemouth and it could happen again, whether it be injuries, lack of confidence – as we are saying with us right now.”

Sheffield United

were the unlucky side through their 13-game run without a win (which goes back to the last season,) with 8 defeats in that sequence being by a single-goal margin. Yesterday as well, they had 5 big chances in comparison to West Brom’s only big chance which led to the only goal of the match.

The club chairman, Musaad Bin Khalid Al Saud, has sent a defiant message of support backing Wilder with a tweet:

“Top performance, heads up high! We gave it 100% and always will. This is football, and we are ready for the fight! We go again next week, United and all together.”

Conor Gallagher’s

first-half strike saw

West Brom

gain their first Premier League win of the season and lifted the Baggies out of the relegation spot.



Slaven Bilic

, wants his players to carry the gained confidence through the forthcoming matches.

“It’s great to win – it’s the first win, no matter how well we think we’re playing, we didn’t get anything from the last few games so this is a big boost,”

said Bilic.

“Then there’s always that cloud with the question mark – when are we going to get our first win?

“But we didn’t lie. We had a great work ethic on the training ground, a great atmosphere, but we weren’t getting the results or the rewards.

“We have now. It’s a big boost and we must take it into our coming games and move forward and build.”

source: SportMob