Sheffield United 0 Southampton 2: Chris Wilder's reaction as Che Adams haunts former club

Sheffield United will look to build on their midweek victory over Aston Villa when they face Southampton at Bramall Lane this afternoon.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 4:57 pm

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Tempers flare during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Southampton at Bramall Lane, Sheffield: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

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  • United make one change from Villa win, Jayden Bogle replacing the suspended Phil Jagielka
  • Ward-Prowse put Saints ahead from the spot
  • Che Adams later added a stunning second

Wilder: Putting kids in not the answer

There’s a temptation to change it round at the top and maybe I got that wrong. There isn’t much option and the young kids aren’t ready to go on the pitch in that environment, they’re getting experience around pros and they aren’t ready. The answer isn’t to stick them in. If it was the answer, I would.

Wilder: A great opportunity missed

I thought it was a great opportunity, there was nothing in the first half and we couldn’t find that spark from somewhere. The quality second half was extremely poor, we made poor decisions and gave it away cheaply. They got the second through mistakes from us and countered on us. It looked a game too far for us, I’m looking at it and thinking I could have made some changes but unfortunately I couldn’t, there weren’t too many options. We had to go with what we had. But we had some tired bodies and minds, especially second half.

Wilder is asked if he still believes in avoiding relegation

I just go into the next game to try and get a result.

Wilder on the penalty decision

No complaints with the penalty, I’ve not really had chance to look back at it but it looked a penalty, it was a bit of quality that we’ve not shown enough of this season. We had a couple of players playing out of position who maybe got caught up a bit, Ethan committed and the ref gave the decision.

Chris Wilder’s reaction

Better side won. I don’t think there was a lot in it first half but we looked tired in mind and body second half, and gave the ball away cheaply.  A really second goal from our point of view, if a finish of high quality by Che, and then we’re chasing and Aaron has kept the scoreline down.

RH: This was an ideal game for us

This game was ideal for us because we had a few more opportunities and I always had a good feeling, I knew we had the tools to beat them. The runs in behind from Tella were hard for them to defend, we had more threat on the pitch and that’s why we won today.

There was no reason to panic because we knew we had injuries and this is the Premier League, if you want to compete then you need your best players on the pitch. We are a different side with them back and you could see the difference it made.

It’s always important, it gives you the belief and it’s so different when you have players back and every player is in his right position. It’s good that they are back and we’re a more competitive side now they are.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s post-match reaction

We knew that it was an important game for us, we haven’t won for a long time and we were the better side today.

and Saints’ first win in ages and United’s latest defeat of a dismal season. It could have been more as they chased a way back into the game, but for some good saves from Aaron Ramsdale. Hardly laid a glove on the Saints.

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