With Sheffield United taking bragging rights over Leeds United and a slight Championship advantage when it comes to the promotion battle for the top two spots in the table and the automatic places last weekend, match winner Chris Basham is one of our men of the minute.
It wasn’t a great game and Leeds dominated but we put the games only chance on target in the back of the net to take all three points as we go into the March international break and lull in fixtures.
In a reasonable wider ranging interview this week with the Star the 30-year-old clarified that he now considered himself a defender and not a midfielder moving forward, that Leeds could only be considered another three points and that we had to continue taking it one game at a time.
The obvious caveat being we’re not ‘scared’ to face anyone given the confidence in the group.
But with manager Chris Wilder already praising the group for seven straight clean sheets following the game, Basham picked out a key point that he felt led to that more recent run of form.
The clean sheet form began obviously with the six goal thriller at Villa Park against Aston Villa where we capitulated a 3-0 lead inside of the final ten minutes.
“We’ve done a video with the gaffer from the Aston Villa game. Not the first 80 minutes, when we were brilliant, but the last 10 when we weren’t. He dug a lot of people out and I was one of them. But that has really set us on our way. There’s a group of players in there now, internationals, who fancy the big time. But there’s a lot of football to be played. We’ve just got to keep on going. Keep on plugging away.”
The team deserved a lot of praise for the Villa showing, but whatever the reason whether it was complacency or whatever, the negatives and criticism had to be dealt with first and I doubt there’s a single fan who doesn’t agree with Wilder’s action – if a small wake up call was needed as a reminder, the team have shown they’ve took that on board lately and they are now getting the praise that’s deserved.