Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, lamented his side’s ‘naive’ defending as they drew 1-1 with top six rivals Millwall at Bramall Lane earlier today.
United edged ahead in a huge game for their play-off aspirations when Leon Clarke hit hit 18th goal of the season, but from kick off Steve Morison equalised for the visitors after a long punt upfield wasn’t dealt with by the Blades defence.
And after Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer kept his side in the game with a number of superb saves, extending their unbeaten run to 17 games, Wilder admitted: “It’s very very naive of us not to think that when the ball comes to their left centre-half, it’s going anywhere else but down the throat of our centre halves.
“I’ve got to say it’s a great finish and it puts a little bit of a pin in our balloon. You don’t go on the run that they’re on without having something about you and we knew that.
"They were playing with a lot of confidence which the run brings and they're a tough team to beat. They get a lot of people behind the ball.
"Going the other way, the front two are a real good pair and they've got some good players. They've recruited well and they're playing with a freedom and a confidence so we always knew it was going to be a real difficult game.
"But we believed that if we played the way that we can, that we can win this game and obviously sticking our noses in front in a tight game after 70-odd minutes, was the position we wanted to be in."