Chris Wilder refuses to get carried away with thoughts of Europe despite Sheffield United moving to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea

Chris Wilder has again refused to discuss the prospect of Sheffield United qualifying for Europe after they cut the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea to just two points.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 12:00 pm

The Blades, in their first season back in the Premier League after a 12-year absence, moved to fifth after Sunday's 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth at Bramall Lane.

Wilder's men still have to play Chelsea, Spurs - who are a place behind them in sixth - and Manchester United, another European rival, before the end of what is already a memorable season.

But Wilder, speaking after John Lundstram's late winner against the Cherries took them to 39 points, refused to get carried away.

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Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield Utd: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

"I'll let everyone else talk about it, I'm just on for the next three points.

"For a promoted side to get to this stage of the season with 39 points is an outstanding achievement, but I don't want us to get comfortable. We are in a fabulous position, we are enjoying it and we want more.

"I'd like it if we had a game next week, but we'll come back refreshed for the next part of the season."

Wilder reserved special praise for skipper Billy Sharp after his equaliser against Bournemouth.

"Billy has not had a lot of game-time," Wilder added.

"He has had to be patient but he's a fantastic leader in the dressing room.

"I'm delighted for Billy and I'm delighted for the team because we had to work hard against a talented side. He was unlucky to come off."