VIDEO: Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder praises Blades star after deserved victory at Sunderland

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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has paid tribute to his deadline-day signing Clayton Donaldson for helping to end a long wait for an away win in the Championship.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has paid tribute to his deadline-day signing Clayton Donaldson for helping to end a long wait for an away win in the Championship.

Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder

Donaldson was thrust straight into the Blades' starting line-up at the Stadium of Light following his move from Birmingham City on August 31 and he hit both goals to defeat Sunderland 2-1.

The 33-year-old hit the opener in the 21st minute and added a delightful second 13 minutes from time to guide United to a first victory on their travels this season and keep them in a play-off spot.

Wilder said: "It's a great day for Clayton and a fantastic day for our football club. It was our first away win for six years at this level, so to come to an iconic stadium like this and do it, it was great reward for them all.

"We felt Clayton was what we needed. It's not always available to us but we wanted someone to run in behind, the goals showed everyone what he is all about.

"I've almost signed him eight times, mugged me off every time. Ask every player he has played with and they will come to the same conclusions: he's hard-working, under-rated, first-class and he is a team player.

"Everyone drags stuff up like not getting anything away from home, but I felt we were right to win away from home and what better place than to come and do it here?

"The players went out and produced a solid, fantastic away performance. We are disappointed with their goal at the end, but we were a threat all game."