Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder felt we had deserved all three points from the Ipswich clash given our overall performance on the day.
Heading to Portman Road to face off against Ipswich, coming up against a Mick McCarthy team you know it will be a battle and they’ll give their all but on a testing surface we were the better side and came closest to taking all three points as James Wilson saw his effort come back off the woodwork so Wilder was naturally disappointed as he spoke to the Official Site following the full time whistle.
‘I thought we deserved more because our performance was excellent. The pitch, for both sides, meant you weren’t able to play the ball round, so we knew it would be a very competitive game. It was two honest teams going at it, but we’ve got to score when we have those golden opportunities in the second-half, but I can’t fault the players effort. We’re tired, we’ve had four away games on the bounce, some long journeys and that’s the relentlessness of the Championship that we often talk about.’
Wilder went on to say that he was also delighted with the reaction of the players following the Fulham game.
‘My players have picked themselves up and gone again after Fulham and Ipswich had little in the way of chances, whereas we have, Wilson has hit the post and we’ve had two or three other real opportunities to score. The attitude of the players was absolutely brilliant, Enda and George have got in good areas and we can’t do more than create numerous chances to score goals.’
‘Second-half we dominated it and bossed, always knowing they are a dangerous side, with the quality players they’ve got. We didn’t deserve to draw, we deserved to win, but you have to accept what you’re given and we move on to Tuesday.’
Billy Sharp was also keen to take the positives from the scoreless draw.
‘We’re disappointed we didn’t get all three points, but it was difficult to find that bit of quality on that surface. Ipswich make it that way I suppose, but it’s the same for both teams, it was competitive, it was a battle, but we did enough to edge it and win the game. Hopefully after two home games this looks a better point than it does now.’
He added about his own chance following Wilson’s effort.
‘I was disappointed not to hit the target on the rebound, after Willo hit the post. I was hoping to dive in on it but he hit the shot well and the ball skipped up off the surface.’