Sheffield United: Coventry City clash is ‘no banker’ says Chris Wilder

Coventry City players celebrate as Chris Stokes lifts the trophy after winning the Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley
Coventry City players celebrate as Chris Stokes lifts the trophy after winning the Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley
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Manager Chris Wilder insists his table-topping Sheffield United side will not succumb to complacency when they face bottom club Coventry City on Wednesday evening.

The two sides are separated by 50 points in the table and, on paper, Wilder’s Blades should take another giant step towards Championship football next season by beating Mark Robins’ side at Bramall Lane.

Coventry, who yesterday received a massive lift after winning the Checkatrade Trophy with a 2-1 win over Oxford United at Wembley, also ended a run of five defeats in six games with back-to-back league wins over Port Vale and Bristol Rovers recently and Wilder admitted that the Sky Blues will pose a stern test this week.

“Everyone will look at it, top against bottom, and think it’s a banker,” he said. “But we start on a level playing field, and we have to go again. And I’ll be driving that, don’t worry about that. We understand the game and know what it’s all about, so there’ll be no complacency from us, but we’re desperate for another three points.

“It’s getting towards the business end of the season and if you look at the table again in the next 10 days to two weeks, it’ll look a lot clearer. As long as we approach this period as we have the rest of the season, then we’ll be fine.”

Coventry appear doomed to relegation to League Two, and United then face Wilder’s old club Northampton who sit 14th in the table.

“There’s a lot of tough games left in the division, for different reasons,” Wilder added. “Teams in 10th and 11th will think they have a shot of the play-offs, and I think there’ll be a lot of tight games between now and the end of the season.”