Chris Wilder hails the unsung heroes of Sheffield United's latest win

Sheffield United’s defence, including goalkeeper Dean Henderson, received special praise from manager Chris Wilder following his team’s latest Premier League win.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 6:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 7:49 pm

Although centre-forward Billy Sharp and midfielder John Lundstram scored the goals which saw United come from behind against AFC Bournemouth, Wilder insisted the contribution of their team mates at the back had laid the foundations for the victory over Eddie Howe’s side.

“I thought they were brilliant, exceptional, they put everything in,” Wilder said, noting how the visitors had been on top during the opening exchanges.

“There were times when we had to dig in, because they (Bournemouth) are very good and Eddie knows what he’s doing.

“But we hung on in there and, when we did get one, I felt a goal had been coming.”

Moments before Lundstram fired United in front, Henderson made a superb save to deny Ryan Fraser as Bournemouth looked to retake the lead after Sharp had cancelled-out Callum Wilson’s opener.

Chris Basham and George Baldock also excelled while Enda Stevens and John Egan were involved in the build-up to Sharp’s equaliser. Jack O’Connell was characteristically assured at centre-half.

“The concentration levels, they’ve got to be exceptional at this level,” Wilder said. “And I thought they were.

Sheffield United defenders John Egan, Jack O'Connell and Chris Basham (R) applaud the crowd at Bramall Lane: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

“If you switch off for a moment, in the Premier League, then you get done. It’s as simple as that.”

“I thought we showed great resiliance to get back into the game after not making a great start,” he added. “But Bournemouth, no matter what, are a good side with top players.”