Manager Chris Wilder has praised the attitude of his Sheffield United players after declaring their pre-season trip to La Manga as a huge success.
United’s trip to Spain culminated in a 4-1 victory against a Murcia representative side on Thursday evening, with Matt Done and skipper Billy Sharp both on the scoresheet twice.
Wilder’s men return to England in time to face his former club FC Halifax Town on Tuesday, and the former Northampton Town boss said: “We’ve got to get into the habit of being ruthless and we should have scored more. Our work off the ball was good, pressing and getting the ball, but being ‘alright’ is not good enough.
“We always want to improve and get better. We’ve had a great week, working extremely hard and putting a lot in. It’s been important for us, on and off the pitch, and the win was the culmination of that hard work.”
Wilder, who replaced Nigel Adkins as United boss after their 11th-placed finish last season, released ten players and transfer-listed seven shortly after arriving at Bramall Lane.
“The attitude of the players has been first class,” Wilder added.
“When you go into a football club, one of the first things you look at is the attitude of the players and how they react to you, and the methods you and the staff use.
“And I’ve got to say that, to a man, they’ve got on board in terms of what we’re trying to do.
“You could maybe expect quite a few problems in terms of attitude but they’ve been outstanding.
“It’s important now that we don’t take a backward step; we’ve chucked everything at them while we’ve been here and the work they’ve put in has been outstanding.”