"If you fight, you give yourselves a chance" - Chris Wilder's first win as Sheffield United manager, FOUR years ago today

When Kane Hemmings put Oxford United in the first half, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was taunted with chants of “You're getting sacked in the morning” by fans of his former club.

Thursday, 27th August 2020, 4:35 pm

That was exactly four years ago today, before goals from Billy Sharp and James Wilson turned the game around after the break and gave Wilder his first win as Blades boss.

"Wilder, who led the visitors back into the Football League during a six year spell at the Kassam Stadium, kept his celebrations low key at the final whistle," wrote our man James Shield in his match report.

"But, deep inside, he must have felt like doing a celebratory lap of Bramall Lane."

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United appeared to be heading for a fourth defeat in five League One games when Hemmings opened the scoring for Oxford, captained by a certain John Lundstram.

But after Sharp equalised, on his way to 30 goals for the season, Wilson rose highest at the Kop end to head home Mark Duffy's centre and send United on the road to the League One title and 100 points.

“Everything is so magnified here,” United's assistant Alan Knill, who stood in for Wilder for the post-match press conference, said.

“If you lose a game, everybody around you screams.

James Wilson celebrates scoring the winning goal against Oxford at Bramall Lane: Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage

"But you just have to keep a level head, work hard and keep on doing the things you believe are going to get you to where you want to be.

"If you fight, you give yourself a chance.”

How prophetic those words look now, four years - and two promotions - later.

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Billy Sharp earlier dragged the Blades back on level terms - Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage