Wilder still fighting for survival
Chris Wilder has admitted that Sheffield United's Premier League survival hopes looks bleak but insists his players will not be going down without a fight.
The Blades are rock bottom of the standings after picking up just 11 points in 26 games, and they find themselves 15 points adrift of safety with only 12 matches remaining.
We will still give it a good go right to the end.Chris Wilder
A lack of goals has been a season-long problem for Wilder's side as they are the lowest scorers in the top flight, but they have at least fared better in that regard at Bramall Lane ahead of Wednesday's home clash with Aston Villa.
Nine of the Blades' tally of 15 goals have come at home, although the 53-year-old concedes that it remains almost "inevitable" that his side will return to the Championship at the end of the season.
Although accepting the club's fate, Wilder is confident that he will be able to keep hold of his star players regardless of what happens, and insists his men will not be going down without a fight.
"I know the players better than anybody, they will want to be here," Wilder said. "It's been a disappointing season but the character of the players was key to bringing them in.
"Unfortunately it looks like we won't be (surviving), but we will still give it a good go right to the end and try to get some more points on the board and see what happens."
There are at least no fresh injury concerns for United for the visit of Villa, although Chris Basham, John Egan, Jayden Bogle, Jack O'Connell, Sander Berge and Jack Robinson remain sidelined.
The Blades are priced at 1/2000 to finish the season at the foot of the table, while they are 1000/1 to pull off a great escape and not be relegated.
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