Sheffield United: ‘My Blades won’t ease up’ says Lane boss Chris Wilder

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Manager Chris Wilder will not allow his Sheffield United side to ease up as the race for promotion to the Championship enters its final straight.

United went ten points clear of third-placed Fleetwood, and nine ahead of Bolton in second, after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Charlton at Bramall Lane.

Goals from Jack O’Connell and Daniel Lafferty sealed the victory after Ricky Holmes had given Charlton the lead, and Wilder said: “We can’t talk about what we need. We just can’t.

“Punters, the Press, will talk about what we need but we can’t look too far ahead. I’ve been in the game too long to know that’s a bad idea.

“We just want to keep the hammer down. We want to be relentless and ruthless.

“It’s been a great month and we’ve stuck a great run together. We’re proud of that and want to keep it going.”

Their next opportunity to do so comes this weekend, when they travel to Oldham - backed by a remarkable away following of around 4,700 after the hosts moved their own fans to give United more tickets.

“That will be a different game,” Wilder added.

“I know John Sheridan well and he has connections with the other side. They’re fighting for their lives and have had some great results but every hurdle that’s put in front of us, we pass it.

“Charlton have some good players who clearly fancied it on the day, but we have players who fancy it all the time.

“Maybe we haven’t had that previously but listening to [Charlton boss] Karl Robinson, they want that consistency that we have.

“If you want to get out of a division, it’s a big attribute to have.”

Meanwhile, a youthful Blades U23 side went out of the Premier League Cup after a 1-0 loss against Portsmouth last night.