Why Chris Wilder isn't getting carried away despite Sheffield United's victory over West Brom

Chris Wilder says Sheffield United still have "a long way to go" in their battle for survival despite tonight's potentially-vital victory over relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 9:08 pm

In a game that Wilder admitted beforehand was must-win, United trailed at half-time thanks to Matt Phillips' first-half opener.

But United started the second half much better and equalised through Jayden Bogle, before Billy Sharp scored the winner after Aaron Ramsdale made a superb save to keep out Callum Robinson's shot.

Victory sees United reach 11 points, equalling Derby's record for the season when they were relegated with the lowest tally in Premier League history in 2007/08, but also move to within a point of second-bottom West Brom.

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And Wilder admitted afterwards: "There's still a long way to go, and I'm not getting carried away at all.

"We have a huge challenge in front of us still. Next up, Chelsea!

"Whoever you play, it's incredibly challenging and you have to face that. But as I've said, and as other managers have said about us, we're alive and fighting and that's all we can do. We'll try and do that again at the weekend.

A half-time switch in shape, with Ollie Norwood sacrificed for striker Oli McBurnie, proved the catalyst for what could prove a priceless victory.

Sheffield United's Max Lowe greets Jayden Bogle after the final whistle during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield: Tim Keeton/PA Wire.

"I thought we had a lot of the ball in the first half and didn't do much with it," Wilder said. "So at half time there was a bit of a reaction from me. We needed to be more ambitious and more like us, and I'm delighted with the win."