Wilder dissatisfied with Turf Moor stalemate

06 July 2020 01:53:46 GMTPlus10

Chris Wilder illustrated how far Sheffield United have come in recent seasons in expressing his disappointment at claiming only a point away at Burnley.

Wilder led the Blades to promotion last April, ending a 12-year absence from the top flight for the South Yorkshire club, and United have defied expectations to make an impressive assault on the Premier League.

The Blades have lost only four of their 28 games against opponents outside the top three and, having beaten Burnley 3-0 in November's reverse fixture, Wilder was hoping to complete the double at Turf Moor against fellow Europa League-chasing opponents.

However, the hosts took the lead in Saturday's early kickoff, Burnley defender James Tarkowski finishing from close range, but the visitors eventually claimed the point they deserved ten minutes from time thanks to a rifled finish from United's John Egan.

The 1-1 draw keeps United two points ahead of Burnley and eighth in the table - a position that would currently see them playing European football next season.

While the Blades have made a mockery of the predictions they'd be relegated at the dawn of the 2019-20 campaign, Wilder now has his sights set higher than claiming away draws at established top-flight opponents: "We were disappointed not to be leading at half-time, let alone down and chasing the game," opined the United manager.

"Conditions played a big part - dry pitch and blustery conditions. A touch disappointed as we got in some really good positions. It's always going to be difficult coming here, we understand that. But to get a result is satisfying. To get four points this week is a decent effort."

Having beaten Tottenham in their last home match, next up for Sheffield United is a clash with Wolves at Bramall Lane, with United 4.20, the draw 3.00 and Wolves at 2.05.

Sheffield United are now 17.00 for a top-six finish.

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