Wilder relief as Blades finally make point

19 October 2020 04:04:31 GMTPlus11

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits his side's start to the season has not been good enough but he was relieved to finally pick up a first point against Fulham on Sunday.

The Blades were staring at yet another defeat when Cottagers new boy Ademola Lookman put the visitors ahead in the second half at Bramall Lane.

However, a Billy Sharp penalty five minutes from time gave Wilder's men a 1-1 draw to ensure they didn't start the new campaign with five straight losses.

Wilder says United cannot ever take anything for granted in the top flight after what has been a tough start.

He said: "It's an incredibly competitive league - the numbers being bandied about and the lengths football clubs go to to survive and be in this division.

"We have done well to get into this league way ahead of time and we've not won in the first five games of the season. It doesn't sit well, people shouldn't be embarrassed about that, it's difficult at the moment.

"Its tough to watch but in the first half there were some really good signs and we were back in and around where we need to be."

Wilder also confirmed after the draw that key man John Fleck will be out for up to six weeks with a back injury and now hopes his players can start to regain the confidence they displayed last term after a fine first season back in the Premier League.

He added: "Belief and confidence has to come from within as well as that what I give them if they want to stay up. They have all the attributes to do that.

"There are small margins and they hurt us more than anybody. We will stick together and fight our way through it - we are a tough group."

Next up for Sheffield United is a trip to champions Liverpool next weekend. They are 12.00 to win, with the Reds on offer at 1.20 and the draw is 7.50.

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