Chris Wilder disappointed with "naive" aspects of Sheffield United's play in defeat to Burnley

Chris Wilder felt that Sheffield United were "naive" in some aspects of their play as they lost 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor this evening.

Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 8:14 pm

United's miserable run of form continued with their 14th defeat in 16 games this season, with Ben Mee heading the winner for Burnley in the first half.

United finished the game with nearly two-thirds of possession, but couldn't find a way back into the game.

And Wilder said afterwards: "It was a tight game, as always when you come here.

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"I feel we were a bit naive at times in some aspects of the game. The reaction's always okay, when you lose 11 out of 14 by a single goal that doesn't show an attitude problem.

"We got in some good positions but hit the first man. There wasn't much in terms of what Aaron had to do, but we should do more.

"Late on they sat in, worked hard and we've struggled to find that space and pass that would try and get us back in the game."

When asked about the fine margins of another single-goal defeat, Wilder said: "I'm saying the same things again.

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield Utd during the Premier League match at Turf Moor, Burnley: Andrew Yates/Sportimage

"It was a good start, they were the better team for the first 10 or 15 and then we got a foothold and had a few opportunities. Yet again, hitting the first man and not showing the quality that decides the game.

"I don't think we were on the back foot for the majority of the game but they did enough to see it out. It's a great one for Sean and his team and not a great one for me and mine."