Sheffield United: Chris Wilder confirms he will raise his fixture concerns with the EFL after revealing he felt compelled to make changes against Birmingham City

Sheffield United will spearhead a campaign aimed at forcing the English Football League to review the Championship fixture calendar after manager Chris Wilder once again claimed it has placed his team at a serious disadvantage.

Wednesday, 19th September 2018, 11:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th September 2018, 11:47 pm
Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson prevented the Blades from losing to Birmingham City

Speaking after tonight's goalless draw with Birmingham City, Wilder told The Star United are set to raise his concerns at a meeting of EFL clubs tomorrow after canvassing opinion among rival teams.

The 50-year-old's frustration stems from the fact his squad are set to never enjoy more preparation time than an opponent between now and the end of the season.  Wigan Athletic and Derby County also find themselves in the same position after the schedule was changed to accommodate expanded coverage on satellite television.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson prevented the Blades from losing to Birmingham City

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It changed the team:

Revealing his selections for City's visit had been influenced by the fact Preston North End, who visit Bramall Lane this weekend, played 24 hours earlier, Wilder said: "There is an EFL meeting tomorrow and we'll bring it up then. I don't suppose we'll get very far but it's something we feel is worth doing anyway.

"I don't think it's right that we're at a net disadvantage of two. I don't think that's fair and we're not the only ones in this position. It shouldn't be like this but there you go."

Confirming he had discussed the situation with Lee Johnson before last weekend's game against Bristol City, Wilder added: "I've spoken to a few other people about it, including Lee on Friday night. We've also looked at it here, at executive level, so we'll definitely be mentioning it. There should be more of an even spread."

Dean Henderson to the rescue:

United made five changes for the meeting with City which, Wilder later conceded, probably contributed to what he described as a "disappointing" display.

Indeed, despite placing Garry Monk's side under pressure before the break, United were indebted to Dean Henderson for denying them a winner. The on-loan goalkeeper thwarted both Lukas Jutkiewicz and substitute Connor Mahoney as City threatened to take all three points while Gary Gardner struck a post.

"I felt I had to make them either for this one or for Preston," Wilder explained. "I chose this one and so, because the performance was a bit disappointing, that should come back to me.

"But listen, they're a good team and I'm not embarrassed to be drawing with them. We've thrilled a lot of people here in recent years and so, every now and again, you are bound to get one like that. Now we've just got to get going again."