Chris Wilder has warned his Sheffield United players to prepare for some hard work on the training ground as he looks to address a difficult start to his managerial reign at Bramall Lane.
Wilder has tasted defeat in both games in charge of his boyhood club, with Tuesday’s EFL Cup exit at home to Crewe following a 1-0 loss to Bolton in the league on Saturday.
Wilder’s new-look Blades started both games well before paying the ultimate price for their profligacy, and he accepts there is more work to be done ahead of this weekend’s game at home to Rochdale.
“In patches, we played decent football but I’m disappointed to go out. It was a pretty open game and in patches, we played individually which frustrated the life out of me.
“I’m frustrated because we’ve talked about how we want to play, and we’re getting it in some parts but not in others.
“So that means more work on the training ground, more drills and exercises to drill it into them. There’s a lot of work to be done, and I’m now maybe recognising that.
“We trust players to make good decisions but there has to be a structure, and we have let the players know in no uncertain terms that there is hard work ahead.”
Wilder, who sanctioned Che Adams’ move to Birmingham City earlier in the week, will press ahead with efforts to add to his squad before Saturday’s visit of Rochdale.
“We’re always looking to strengthen,” the former Northampton Town chief said.
“Maybe the group under the first eleven isn’t strong enough, and we’re always looking. It might be that we have to do something this week, to make sure we’re strong enough for the weekend.”
The Blades boss, who has distanced himself from reports linking United with a move for Wigan’s Sam Morsy, allowed Adams to join Championship side Birmingham after failing to receive assurances about the young striker’s commitment to Bramall Lane.
“It was a difficult situation,” Wilder said.
“We managed to get a decent fee for him and one that covers us. The boy made it obvious that he wanted to go and speak to them. My focus has always been on the group.”
and the team. I think we’ve got an excellent price for a player who isn’t the finished article yet and we wish him all the best.”