Sheffield United: Chris Wilder reveals his No.1 pre-season target for the Blades

Chris Wilder praised the attitude of his Sheffield United players after their 3-2 victory at Bradford City last night.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 11:23 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 11:42 am
United celebrate John Fleck's goal

United continued their 100 per cent pre-season record, after beating Stocksbridge and Maritimo, as goals from John Fleck, Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp sealed victory at Valley Parade.

And Wilder admitted: "I've said before to the players that pre-season is really important, not just in terms of the work we put into the players but their attitude, too.

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"And I've got to say that in my time here, apart from a little bit of a disappointing night at Halifax [in July 2016] we've been right at it right the way through the last three pre-seasons. And we were at it again in the first half at Bradford.

"These games matter to me in terms of wanting to win. We had that over in Portugal [against Maritimo] when we scored late on to win a tight game... I want them to have those feelings of being successful and winning games.

"Obviously league points are very precious and hard to come by, and I want us to get into a mentality. And we've got that.

"We were outstanding in the first half but were a bit disappointed for 10 or 15 minutes in the second half. If I was a player in their changing room at half time, I'd have expected a bit of a rocket because they barely laid a glove on us in the first half.

United celebrate John Fleck's goal

"We had some great openings, created some great chances and scored a couple of fabulous goals."