The mistake Chris Wilder admits he probably made before Sheffield United's defeat by Southampton

Chris Wilder conceded he might have made a mistake by asking David McGoldrick and Rhian Brewster to spearhead Sheffield United’s attack against Southampton, only three days after they started the gruelling win over Aston Villa.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 12:55 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th March 2021, 5:20 pm

Despite seeing Phil Jagielka dismissed early in the second period of their meeting with Dean Smith’s side, United hung on to claim only their fourth victory of the Premier League season thanks to McGoldrick’s first-half strike.

Their performance during that match persuaded Wilder to pair them together again yesterday. But the two men failed to make much of an impression on the contest, with Wilder later admitting he should have freshened things up.

“Maybe I made the wrong decision at the top of the pitch,” Wilder said. “Rhian did okay in midweek and Didzy scored. But when you look at how much the lads had to put into that one, to get the result, perhaps I should have done things differently. Looking back, I might have done that but there were reasons for going the way we did, which I think people can understand.”

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Rhian Brewster of Sheffield Utd and James Ward-Prowse of Southampton during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Picture date: 6th March 2021. Picture credit should read: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

“When you look at how much you have to put into games at this level, even to give yourself a chance of taking something, it’s tough and it’s tiring - especially for a team such as ourselves,” Wilder added. “We had to put some much in against Villa, being a man down and all of that, and before then we’d had a really hard game against Liverpool where we spent long periods without the ball.”

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James Ward-Prowse of Southampton appears to stop the ball with his arm as David McGoldrick of Sheffield Utd heads towards goal during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Picture date: 6th March 2021. Picture credit should read: Simon Bellis/Sportimage