Chris Wilder warns Sheffield United not to "waste" survival hope after Newcastle United victory

Chris Wilder has urged his Sheffield United not to "waste" the glimmer of hope they have created for themselves in the battle for survival after they ended their long wait for a first league win of the season by beating Newcastle United at Bramall Lane.

By Danny Hall
Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 9:07 pm

Buoyed by Saturday's FA Cup victory at Bristol Rovers, United followed that up with a first in the Premier League as Billy Sharp's penalty sealed all three points against Steve Bruce's men.

Newcastle were reduced to 10 men in the first half when Ryan Fraser picked up his second booking, while Andy Madley pointed to the penalty spot after reviewing Federico Fernández's handball on his pitchside monitor.

And Wilder said afterwards: "We can't waste it. We've been after one of these results for a long, long time.

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"I imagine I've been boring but performances haven't matched performances and I felt that was coming.

"I'm a down to earth manager and we're back in tomorrow looking for Sunday. We've been competitive but the obvious fact is that we've not won for a long, long time and that's always the thing that everyone looks at. And most importantly, so do I."

United are next in action on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur, a game followed by trips to both Manchester clubs after the FA Cup clash with Plymouth.

"I'll maybe have a glass tonight but we're in tomorrow," added Wilder, when asked how he planned to celebrate.

Sheffield United's manager Chris Wilder watches the game between Sheffield United and Newcastle United. (Oli Scarff/Pool via AP)

"I'm not being doom and gloom but it's not been an enjoyable time for players supporters or staff. So it's back to work tomorrow and move on because we can't waste this opportunity.

"We've still got an incredible challenge ahead of us but no-one's throwing the towel in. It wasn't a white flag performance, we had desire to go and win a game and had no little quality, either."

Wilder's opposite number, Steve Bruce, was left raging at the refereeing decisions that went against his side.

He felt that the penalty wasn't 'clear and obvious', and that matchwinner Sharp should have been sent off for what he described as "a horror challenge" on Fabian Schär.