Manager Chris Wilder admitted Sheffield United deserved nothing from last night’s match at Queens Park Rangers, describing the defeat as a “wake-up call” and accusing his players of being “out-worked and out-battled” by Ian Holloway’s side.
Idrissa Sylla’s early strike condemned the visitors to only their fifth defeat of the season and saw them slip from first to third in the Championship table.
With George Baldock and Jamal Blackman both withdrawn due to injury - the latter was taken to hospital after falling awkwardly during the build-up to the Guinea international’s goal - Wilder’s frustration was evident after the final whistle.
“I didn’t think we deserved anything from that,” he said. “I thought we allowed them to do to us what we usually do to other teams. And that’s disappointing, because we were out-worked and out-battled.
“After going top, we had all the media stuff and all the pats on the back that goes with it. Well, if you are happy to accept that, which we are, then you have to take the other side of the game too when things don’t go your way.
“I’ll take it on the chin and the players and the rest of the staff will too. Maybe it’s a wake-up call, just a little reminder of the division we’re in and where we are.”
Although Wilder revealed “a tight hamstring” had prompted Baldock’s substitution, United are not expected to receive an update on Blackman’s condition until later this afternoon.
The goalkeeper, on-loan from Chelsea, left the pitch on a stretcher after appearing to damage his shoulder during the incident which led to Rangers’ winner and Wilder said: “We’re not sure how he is yet.
“We’ll have a look at the scans on the way home and then take it from there.
“Hopefully it’s not too serious.
“Obviously the start we had, and then losing Jamal to boot, hit us a bit. But we should still have done better than we did.
“Yes, we had chances but we allowed them to press us and, when we broke that press, didn’t show enough composure.”
Meanwhile, goals from David Parkhouse, Connor Cutts and a Jordan Doherty penalty saw United beat Sheffield Wednesday in the under-18s derby at Middlewood Road yesterday.