Sheffield United: Away record exposes 'lazy' punditry

Sheffield United are still unbeaten away from home in the Premier League this season following their 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers; a record Chris Wilder believes speaks volumes about the progress his players have made since being promoted from the Championship.

Sunday, 1st December 2019, 11:28 pm
Lys Mousset of Sheffield Utd jumps up and collects the ball during the Premier League match at Molineux, Wolverhampton. Picture date: 1st December 2019. Picture credit should read: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Although United have won only once on the road following their return to the top-flight - at Everton in September - they have provided obstinate opposition for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and now Nuno Espirito Santo’s side; with the Portuguese praising the application of Wilder’s team at Molineux.

Speaking after Matt Doherty’s second-half effort had cancelled-out Lys Mousset’s opener, Wilder insisted that run is further proof claims United focus primarily on defence are unfounded.

“I think, if that’s how we set up, that run would have gone long ago,” he said, after accusing some pundits of “lazy” analysis before the contest. “I don’t think you can set up like that, against players of the quality some of these lads have got, and get away with it for that long.”

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Oliver Norwood of Sheffield Utd and Diego Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match at Molineux, Wolverhampton. Picture date: 1st December 2019. Picture credit should read: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

United last tasted defeat on their travels in January, when they were beaten by Swansea City at the LIberty Stadium.

“We’re competing with top class performers,” Wilder said. “And you have to pose them problems of your own, which I believe we did. Because we’re disappointed not to come away from here with a little bit more.”