James Shield's Video Verdict: Sheffield United's dramatic victory over Preston North End capped a perfect afternoon for Chris Wilder's Blades

Sheffield United went fourth in the Championship this afternoon '“ but the manner of their 3-2 victory over Preston North End will have made this the perfect afternoon for the Blades in the long run.

Saturday, 22nd September 2018, 18:57 pm
Updated Saturday, 22nd September 2018, 19:07 pm
Ryan Ledson of Preston North End attempts to block Enda Stevens of Sheffield Utd

That's the view of James Shield, our Blades writer, after David McGoldrick's late goal sealed a 3-2 victory over Preston. They drop to the bottom of the table, but had earlier hit back from 2-0 behind to level at 2-2.

Click the play button above to hear James' thoughts on the game, and why the victory may prove crucial for Wilder's men in the context of their season.

Ryan Ledson of Preston North End attempts to block Enda Stevens of Sheffield Utd

"I'm delighted and proud with the way we set up," said Wilder.

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"It's never dull here, but the players showed tremendous character to get themselves back up off the canvas.

"Even the most ardent of Preston North End fans would say that we did more than enough in the first 60 minutes to be comfortable and out of sight. But we didn't and respect to them as they came back and changed their shape around a bit.

"I'm delighted to get the right result, which in my opinion is a home win. We went back to the team that's done ever so well recently and I thought we were outstanding in the first half.

"I'm delighted we got our noses in front and the swagger about us was good to see.

"I'm a pessimistic football manager and I know anything can go wrong at 2-0.

"We made a positive substitution at 2-2 and we've managed to win it. Not how we thought at half past four, but it would have been a travesty if we hadn't."