Sheffield United: Why boss Chris Wilder felt karma was in play this afternoon after his side beat Leeds United 1-0 at Elland Road

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, praised his side's character after they took another huge stride in their pursuit of promotion to the Premier League this afternoon by beating Leeds United at Elland Road.

By Danny Hall
Saturday, 16 March, 2019, 14:50

Chris Basham was United's hero as he struck a second-half winner to down promotion rivals Leeds, who ended the game with ten men and with defender Pontus Jansson in goal after former Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla was sent off for fouling Billy Sharp.


Sheffield United's Chris Basham celebrates scoring his side's winner at Leeds: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

The win sees United leapfrog Leeds and into second going into the international break, and Wilder said: "With the ball we were pretty average and kept turning the ball over pretty easily in the first half, but we grew into the game and showed what we needed to do when we weren't playing at the absolute top of our game.


"After Tuesday [a 2-0 win over Brentford with ten men] a little bit of me was looking to freshen it up because of the amount of effort the boys put in and the distance they covered.


"It's a heavy pitch here and Leeds move you around the pitch, so we had to stick in and we did that."

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Wilder also felt the victory, which saw United rack up their seventh clean sheet on the bounce, showed how karma sometimes works in football.


"We've been in the Championship 18 months now and it's maybe balanced itself out a bit," he added.


"The amount of times last season we deserved to win the game and didn't, it must have happened half-a-dozen times.


"A lot of neutrals might have seen Leeds as the better team today but we grew into the game and hung in on there."