Wilder Wants A Fearless Sheffield United
With Leicester City behind us, Sheffield United go into tonight's tie with Queens Park Rangers looking to get back to winning way and manager Chris Wilder has said he wants the club to be fearless in their approach to the Championship run in with hopes of a Play Off spot still very much alive.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media on Monday to preview tonight's action, Wilder explained.
'It's a hectic spell coming up, but regardless of the televised games, you have to adjust and get on with it. We just to look to the next game and going and winning that, things move on pretty quickly. I was delighted with the performance and attitude against Leeds and we rolled into Leicester and gave a very good account of ourselves on Friday night.'
Wilder went on to say.
'We're disappointed we lost the tie, but we came away with a lot of credit and now we're looking to Tuesday with a fit and health squad. The players know the importance of the next six or seven games, we have to be in the mix by the time the international break comes in March.'
Wilder knew that the spirit we have in the group and the experience of last season's run to the League One title would play in our favour as the players react to pressure building and have shown they can more than handle it.
'The experience of last season will help, but every game in this division is a big game and as we proved last year we enjoy the pressure they bring. Leeds at home was a massive game, but how we went about it was fearless and we did what we could and needed to, to win the game. We've enjoyed the challenge and competition and we've grown as the season has progressed, there is everything to play for and we're delighted to be where we are.'
With young prospect David Brooks making a return from illness in the game last Friday and getting 45 minutes under his belt once again, Wilder said we still had to be careful as he rebuilds his fitness after a bout of glandular fever and again we have to be patient with him as he develops, but he was pleased with his performance against Leicester and he does return to his thoughts now.
'It's great to have David back he's a special player, but we have to be careful. People will have seen what he was like on the ball and going forward, but maybe not so much going the other way. Hopefully he is going to be available for the rest of the season now. He is exciting to watch and makes things happen, he'll certainly have a role to play.'
Chris Basham was also full of praise for Brooks as he made his return.
'During the Adkins regime, Brooksy was there or thereabouts and I always thought he would breakthrough into the team. When he comes on the pitch, he cruises through games and glides past defenders, he is similar, although doesn't have the stature of his Welsh team-mates, Gareth Bale.'
'He is improving all the time, he drives at players, he's strong and he can change a game. We've missed him, he brings defenders into the game and makes them make tough decisions. Unfortunately the illness really took it out of him, but thankfully, having looked sleepy for the last couple of months he seems to be getting fitter and stronger everyday and he'll be a big player for us in the last 15 games.'