Slowly getting there, but not there yet.
That appeared to be the message that Blades boss Chris Wilder wanted to put across when it came to Sheffield United’s recent performances.
Wilder’s men haven’t had the best of times since the league restarted a few weeks ago, but things took a bit of a step forward against Arsenal. Despite defeat, the performance levels were a lot better than they have been, at least according to the man in the dugout.
Speaking after the game, Wilder was quick to compliment his players for their improvements, but that there is still work to be done before we are back to the levels that got us this high in the table in the first place.
“Obviously, there’s still things we need to be doing better. But they showed what an honest bunch they are, I thought, and there were some really encouraging signs. A few of the lads, with recent displays, they’re probably lacking that little bit of belief. So what they do is take a few extra touches on the ball when they don’t need to.”
Do you agree with these comments?
What I would say, is that those changes need to happen pretty sharpish.
With all of our next four games against teams who are within ten points of us in the league, we really have approached the crunch point of the season, with plenty of six pointers ahead of us, so it’s time that the god performances actually start turning into results.
Whilst Wilder might not be happy with the idea of fans talking about European football, the fact of the matter is that it is within reach, and with a potentially huge payday on the way if we were to make it, something that could see the club be financially secure for years to come, we can’t afford to let poor form after the restart be the thing that ruins so much of our hard work this season.
What about you? What do you make of Wilder’s comments?