Billy Sharp scored a hat-trick and Sheffield United conceded three ludicrously easy goals at Aston Villa on Friday night – but neither of those factors are what Chris Wilder will look back upon when he recalls the incredible 3-3 draw.
It looked as though United were heading to the top of the Championship, for a short period at least, after Sharp’s treble, which took his Blades tally to 101, put Wilder’s side into a seemingly unassailable lead.
However, three terrible errors in the last 10 minutes from the United defence gifted Villa a draw they didn’t deserve and United headed north two points shy of what they should have.
While for many, the match will be remembered for what happened in those crazy final stages but not so Wilder, who preferred to concentrate on the overall performance of his side who he said were hurting after the final whistle.
He also hinted that there may have been a few choice words exchanged between the players in the dressing room afterwards.
“My team looked like one that believe they can achieve something this year and that's what I'll take away from tonight,” he said.
“There were a few heated discussions after the game which show my boys care.
“Villa possibly turned up for five, six or seven minutes of the game and I thought that was because of how well we worked as a group and as a team.
“We went to make it two, three and even four - we went for the jugular and that's what I'll take away from tonight.”