Down, but not out.
That appeared to be the message that Blades boss Chris Wilder wanted to get across after defeat to Wolves last night.
The Blades found themselves in a massive hole after they went 2-0 down within the opening 6 minutes of the game, but rather than let the floodgates open, the team put in a spirited fightback and even created a few good chances to get back into the game.
And speaking to the club after the game, that was really all that Wilder could ask for given the circumstances:
“If the game started at six minutes past six we’d have been alright, but it didn’t, and it’s put us in an unbelievably poor position… Some individual errors that’s put us on the back foot. The reaction in terms of reaction and character was as expected. You can easily go under, I didn’t think we went out the back door. That’s a big positive for me on the night.”
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And I think that’s really all you can say on the matter. Whilst the opening few minutes weren’t’ pleasant, the response was very much so, and it at least shows what we can be capable of when we put our minds to it. Sometimes it is just a matter of inches, and had one or two chances fell our way throughout then who knows it might have been a little bit different.
So long as we don’t go through too many games like this over the course of the season where we find ourselves behind early, we should be able to come back from it, similar to how we did against Chelsea during the last campaign.
It’s if we don’t show any fight or desire or create chances after we fall behind that we should start to worry.