Sheffield United: Chris Wilder focuses on the team rather than his future after Blades’ impressive Bristol City win

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Chris Wilder preferred to focus on his side’s achievement this season, rather than his own Sheffield United future, after the Blades’ 3-2 win at Bristol City this afternoon.

The manager, whose future has come into question after admitting he feels there is a lack of direction and communication from United’s co-owners Prince Abdullah and Kevin McCabe, preferred to lavish praise on an outstanding first half display, capped by brilliantly taken goals from Leon Clarke, Billy Sharp and Kieron Freeman, which built a 3-0 lead.

Nearly 2,000 Blades fans chanted their support for Wilder, who afterwards said: "I have nothing more to say about my position. That is for another day.

"Today I want to talk about my team and the achievement of a top 10 finish in the Championship with a bottom six budget. I would like to thank my staff and everyone involved.

"I found the support for me humbling. But it is the players who should take the credit for a great last day performance against a team who have also had a very good season.

"We were fantastic in the first half and when we needed to defend in the second half the lads stood up and did the job.

Leon Clarke curled home Uniteds opener

Leon Clarke curled home Uniteds opener

"We may have missed out on our goal of reaching the play-offs, but I am proud of my players because we have finished above some big clubs."

Clarke set the tone after eight minutes, finding the top corner of the net from 25 yards, and Sharp made it 2-0 after 29 minutes with a stunning volley that went in off the crossbar.

City were all over the place defensively and it was no surprise when United went three up five minutes later, Freeman matching Sharp's volley with a similar one of his own.

Aden Flint gave the home side hope on the hour, converting Josh Brownhill's left wing corner with a firm downward header.

And after 75 minutes a tense finish was assured when Joe Bryan netted with a superb left-footed free kick from just outside the box.

But City paid dearly for their first half showing as their opponents moved above them by one place to finish 10th in the table.

Head coach Lee Johnson said: "There was no intensity to our play in the first half, yet in the second we showed what a good side we can be.

"That sort of sums up our season. We can be very good or very bad, but overall it has been a good season for us.

"I tried a few things today, looking forward to next season, and selected some of our younger players.

"I know exactly what I need in the summer and, with the backing of the board, which I know I will get, I am sure the future is bright.

"Hopefully, we can hang onto our best players and build on what we have done this season. Injuries have hit us hard, so we need to add."