Chris Wilder offered the buy Chris Basham a pint after his goal against Ipswich Town briefly moved Sheffield United to joint-top of the Championship table.
The defender scored the only goal of the game early in the second-half of Saturday’s contest as last season’s League One title winners continued their impressive start to the season.
On target for the first time since November, the terms of Basham’s contract became a subject of discussion during the post-match press conference and although Wilder refused to reveal if the player would receive a goal bonus - “That’s between him and the club” - the United manager said: “I’ll get Bash a pint if I see him out. He might not score many but he’s got a remarkable win-ratio here and he’s been responsible for helping this club get a lot of points, a lot of wins.”
Despite being signed as a midfielder, Basham has predominately been deployed at centre-half following Wilder’s appointment 17 months ago. But when Kieron Freeman was carried-off the pitch on a stretcher during the closing stages of the first period - Wilder later explained the wing-back had suffered a suspected dislocated knee - the 29-year-old moved into a more advanced role and took full advantage when John Fleck delivered an inviting cross into the Ipswich box.
“I don’t care where the goals come from,” Wilder added. “I’m not going to struggle to sleep because Billy (Sharp) didn’t and Bash did. It was a great cross by Flecky and Bash did the rest so, yes, if I see him, he can have a drink on me.”