Southampton 3 Sheffield United 0 LIVE: Chris Wilder reaction as rock-bottom Blades are swept aside

Sheffield United take their quest for a first win of the Premier League season to the south coast today as they take on Southampton at St Mary’s.

Sunday, 13th December 2020, 3:20 pm

Stick with The Star’s live blog all day as we bring you team news and preview, live match updates and Chris Wilder’s post-match reaction.

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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder on the touchline during the Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Southampton 3 Sheffield United 0: Full-time reaction

Last updated: Sunday, 13 December, 2020, 14:47

  • Blades looking for their first win of the season on the south coast
  • Enda Stevens and Ethan Ampadu fit to start, while Lys Mousset is on the bench
  • Phil Jagielka makes a rare start, while Billy Sharp starts up front
  • Che Adams opened the scoring against his old club
  • Stuart Armstrong’s deflected shot put the hosts 2-0 up
  • Nathan Redmond made it 3-0

Wilder speaking about Prince Abdullah’s pre-match show of faith in him

Whatever the owner wants to say, without being disrespectful, is up to him. I get up every day, try and be bright and do my job to the best of my ability.

Kean Bryan is out for a month

after picking up a calf injury, which is why Phil Jagielka played at centre-half today

Wilder on Oli McBurnie’s injury

He got a shoulder injury and fell heavily, he wanted to get out there which is the attitude of the boy but we could see he was holding his shoulder and we had to make a quick decision. We don't know if he'll be OK for Man U, we'll have to assess him but I would say, not being a medical man, that it'll be touch and go.

Wilder on change of shape

We changed the shape at half time which allowed us to put more pressure on their full backs and we were more aggressive and competitive. We pressed a bit higher and tried to force them into mistakes, but the manner of the second goal knocked the stuffing out of us.  

Wilder on missed chance in first half

We had the best chance and when you're not playing well, you can't afford to make those mistakes. Both those things that happened in the first half set it up for a difficult afternoon for ourselves.

Chris Wilder is here for his press conference

We have to look at ourselves over the first goal. Usually with us we don't make a catalogue of mistakes but there's three mistakes in the goal. I think Southampton are a fabulous side, they're right up there with the best sides we've faced this season. They're brimming with confidence, reminiscent of how we were playing last season with belief and a bit of swagger.

 

Hasenhüttl on getting fans back

It couldn't be better today to be honest, it's very emotional. For me and the players. You could feel how much they enjoyed watching us play good football, we are happy that they are back. Only 2,000 but hopefully we come through this tough time and get more people to come and see us play.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s verdict on today

We have struggled in games like this before but now we have more about us. When you see us at the moment there are not so many weaknesses in our game. We aren't perfect but it was fantastic to see how well we reacted to the change of shape and how they tried to press us quicker. It's a significant raising of quality.

A tough afternoon for the Blades

and they look, for my money, a team completely devoid of any confidence or belief in themselves. As soon as the first goal went in there seemed to be a visible dropping of heads and you wonder if they started to wonder themselves if they were capable of getting back into it. The stats make grim reading - no shots on target, and less than 10 touches in the opposition’s penalty box throughout the entire 90 minutes tells much of the story.

Stay tuned on the live blog for Chris Wilder’s post-match reaction, as well as player ratings and more from The Star’s writers

It’s all over - Saints 3 Blades 0

Absolutely grim

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