Why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder isn't happy ahead of Aston Villa's visit

Chris Wilder insists SHeffield United should be entering this weekend’s game against Aston Villa even higher in the table despite making a record-equalling start to life back at Premier League level.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 6:33 am

United are preparing for Saturday’s meeting with Dean Smith’s side in eighth, having lost only one of their last nine outings.

Having responded to their defeat to Newcastle by beating Norwich City at Carrow Road, Wilder’s side became the first newly promoted club to remain unbeaten in its first eight away games since Blackburn Rovers 27 seasons ago.

That result saw United move nine places above their latest opponents, who won the Championship play-off final last term.

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Sheffield United's manager Chris Wilder leads his team into battle against Aston Villa this weekend: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

But Wilder said: “I think we could have got a little bit more at times. Okay, there’s maybe a few games people think we might have lost.

“But from my point of view, I don’t think any of the points we’ve picked up have been ‘How on earth did we get away with that?’ ones.

“I think we’ve deserved them all and, like I say, I think the lads have sometimes warranted more with what they’ve done.”

“We feel we are light of at least four points,” he added.

“But the draws we’ve had recently, in a cricket sense, they’re not losing draws if you like.

“We’ve not nicked anything that we haven’t deserved as far as I’m concerned. That’s not been the case at all.”