Sheffield United gave the Bramall Lane faithful something to shout about on Boxing Day this year as we took a 3-1 victory over Derby County to return to winning ways after our recent slight dip in form.
Goals on the day came from Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick and Leon Clarke and the three points lifted us into fourth place in the Championship table and it could be a big three points come the end of the 2018/19 campaign given Derby’s own promotion hopes this year.
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) December 26, 2018
It was a deserved win as well as although possession was shared on the day we easily dominated chances across the 90 minutes with 16 efforts overall compared to their nine, and we tested their goalkeeper on six occasions, compared to their three.
There’s plenty of football left to be played in the 2018/19 campaign though and I think most fans accept, as manager Chris Wilder has recently asserted, that we’ve punched a little above our weight so there would be a rebalancing so as long as we remain in the mix that’ll do me.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, Wilder praised the team and the fans.
“They’ve got some good players and it was a tight Championship game first half – but it wasn’t a tight Championship game second half. There’s been a lot of noise and nonsense talked about us, but I keep telling the players to go out and show everybody what we’re all about and I think we did that this afternoon. We jumped all over them second half. The energy levels and performance levels were up there and the support they received was amazing.”