Sheffield United: Boss Chris Wilder laments “naive” defending after Blades’ 1-1 draw with Millwall

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Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, lamented his side’s ‘naive’ defending as they drew 1-1 with top six rivals Millwall at Bramall Lane earlier today.

United edged ahead in a huge game for their play-off aspirations when Leon Clarke hit hit 18th goal of the season, but from kick off Steve Morison equalised for the visitors after a long punt upfield wasn’t dealt with by the Blades defence.

And after Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer kept his side in the game with a number of superb saves, extending their unbeaten run to 17 games, Wilder admitted: “It’s very very naive of us not to think that when the ball comes to their left centre-half, it’s going anywhere else but down the throat of our centre halves.

“I’ve got to say it’s a great finish and it puts a little bit of a pin in our balloon. You don’t go on the run that they’re on without having something about you and we knew that.

"They were playing with a lot of confidence which the run brings and they're a tough team to beat. They get a lot of people behind the ball.

"Going the other way, the front two are a real good pair and they've got some good players. They've recruited well and they're playing with a freedom and a confidence so we always knew it was going to be a real difficult game.

Disappointment for the Blades

Disappointment for the Blades

"But we believed that if we played the way that we can, that we can win this game and obviously sticking our noses in front in a tight game after 70-odd minutes, was the position we wanted to be in."