What Chris Wilder made of Sheffield United's Oli McBurnie netting first goal of season against Leicester City

Chris Wilder says he was "delighted" for Oli McBurnie to end his drought in front of goal on Sunday - even if Sheffield United came away from the game against Leicester City with nothing to show for it.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 4:55 pm
Oli McBurnie of Sheffield United celebrates scoring against Leicester City: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

McBurnie went 21 games without hitting the target for club and country before Sunday, when he cancelled out Ayoze Perez's opener for the Foxes with a well-targeted header from a corner.

That strike looked to have been enough to earn the Blades a much-needed point in their battle for survival.

But then Foxes striker Jamie Vardy raced onto James Maddison's pass in the 90th minute and finished emphatically past Aaron Ramsdale, sentencing Wilder's Blades to their 10th defeat in 11 league games this season.

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McBurnie has bore the brunt of much of the frustration felt at United's slow start to the campaign, and is also regularly targeted by critics when he goes away with Scotland as well.

But he converted his penalty in a recent shoot-out victory to seal Scotland's place at this summer's European Championships, and Wilder said of his display against Leicester: "I thought he was really good.

"I think he's been good over the last three weeks and if he comes away with two or three goals over that period, no-one's saying anything.

"The boy is a team player, and he's hurting just as much as anybody else.

"You saw the reaction when he scored and I'm delighted for him. It's difficult, he's playing against some good players but that's the competition. I thiought he led the line and Burke gave us an outlet down the side."