Chris Wilder admitted he was proud of his Sheffield United players for beating Millwall on Saturday – playing what he calls “their way”.
The 3-2 triumph was Wilder's first win at The Den in charge of United, ending a run of successive defeats.
And once again they were made to work hard for it, going 2-1 down in the second half after Billy Sharp’s earlier opener before a brace from David McGoldrick sealed all three points.
Mark Duffy was involved in all three goals, setting up both Sharp and McGoldrick and being fouled by Shaun Williams for McGoldrick’s penalty equaliser, and Wilder was full of praise for his side and the way they continued to believe in the way they play, rather than panicking.
“What pleased me, what really pleased me, was the way we got back into it,” he said.
“We did it our way. We got the ball out wide and we passed it really well. We didn't just lump it. We stuck to what we do.
“Even when we went 2-1 down we still controlled the game and the tempo. We were just one pass away from finding that goal, which we did when we found the winner.”
The victory sent United to within a point of early leaders West Brom ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Blackburn, and ensured Millwall’s sorry start to the season continued.
Neil Harris’ men finished eighth last term, just three points off the play-offs, but have won only once this season.
“I've got to say, I'd have rather they'd have won a few before we came here. Their manager will have been telling them to tear into us but we controlled the first-half in my book,” Wilder added.
“This was never ever going to be an easy place to come and get a result. They are a proud club with a proud manager who supports his players. So I'm a proud manager.”