Sheffield United: Bring it on! Wilder says Blades are relishing battle at the top after win over Millwall

Jack O'Connell of Sheffield Utd is mobbed as he  celebrates scoring the first goal against Millwall. Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Jack O'Connell of Sheffield Utd is mobbed as he celebrates scoring the first goal against Millwall. Simon Bellis/Sportimage
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Manager Chris Wilder insists Sheffield United are embracing the pressure of the League One run-in after taking another huge step towards promotion last night.

Wilder’s side moved 13 points clear of third-placed Fleetwood Town, and seven ahead of Bolton in second, after beating play-off chasing Millwall 2-0 at Bramall Lane.

Goals from Jack O’Connell and Kieron Freeman extended United’s unbeaten record to 11 games and if results amongst their promotion rivals elsewhere go their way, they can still be promoted with victory over Coventry City next Wednesday.

Wilder, whose side now enjoy a blank weekend, said: “There’s total belief amongst the players, they all believe in themselves and each other and you can see that with the way they’re playing, and the confidence they’re showing.

“Everyone else in the promotion race will be looking at it and asking who’s going to start showing the nerves and the pressure, and it’s not us. Whether we’ve had to defend well and preserve a clean sheet, or we’ve got the ball down and played some really good football, the players have that belief and confidence in abundance.

“And I think anyone who’s watching us, and has watched us over the season, will be enjoying what they’re seeing.”

O’Connell was United’s star man, heading home the first from John Fleck’s corner before playing an instrumental part in the second, as Freeman curled home his 10th of a remarkable campaign to seal the victory.

“We knew it wouldn’t be easy against Millwall,” Wilder added. “They’ve had a great run in the FA Cup and were play-off finalists last year, so they’re a decent team.

“They were hurting after their long unbeaten run was ended and players, managers and teams have a lot of personal pride, so they didn’t want to get rolled over.”