What Chris Wilder said about goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after Sheffield United's 4-1 defeat at Chelsea

Chris Wilder has backed goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale's character and ability despite admitting that he was at fault for one of the goals that Sheffield United conceded in their 4-1 defeat to Chelsea tonight.
Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield United makes a save against Chelsea (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield United makes a save against Chelsea (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield United makes a save against Chelsea (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Despite going ahead at Stamford Bridge through David McGoldrick's early opener, United were 2-1 down at the break and shipped two further goals in the second half as they suffered their biggest defeat of the season so far.

Chelsea's second saw left-back Ben Chilwell ghost in and bundle the ball home from about two yards, leaving some observers to question if Ramsdale commanded his area sufficiently.

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But the England U21 international did make a number of good stops to keep the score down, and Wilder admitted: "We had a young goalkeeper last season [Dean Henderson] who made mistakes and that's the road we're going down, so we have to stick with it.

"We're conceding some poor goals at the moment but he [Ramsdale] will come through it.

"He's a positive character and a very good young goalkeeper, playing in a team that's not doing too well at the minute."

Ramsdale and a number of his Blades teammates will now fly around Europe on international duty, before the Premier League resumes when the Blades face West Ham United on November 22.

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"We can clear our heads in the break and all that team spirit everyone talks about will be tested to the full," Wilder added.

"My group are honest and committed and our season won't be decided by playing the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea."