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Chris Wilder issues bold verdict on Burton Albion that may surprise fans



Sheffield United move to within two points of the Championship play offs with a 2-0 win against struggling Burton Albion.

It was routine stuff as a goal in each half from Enda Stevens and David Brooks sent the Bramall Lane faithful home happy.

Manager Chris Wilder was delighted with the win: “You’ve also got to get results and that’s what we’ve done,” he told the Sheffield Star.

“The best teams always find a way to win. We found a way to win out there, but we did what we had to and that was key. There have been times when I’ve been wondering how we’ve not won a game given how we’ve played so it’s important to be able to come through situations like that.”

Wilder’s side have been the surprise package of the Championship, challenging for promotion despite having only climbed out of League One last season. They won the third-tier title at a canter, amassing 100 points and they’ve continued the good form into this campaign.

Struggling Burton are at the opposite end of the table, desperately clinging on to their Championship status, but Wilder was full of praise for their efforts.

“We always knew that was going to be difficult, especially because their manager was coming back here,” said Wilder, referring to former Blades boss Nigel Clough. “They’ve got nothing to lose and they’ll take points off people between now and the end of the season. I wouldn’t be surprised if they take enough to stay-up.”

United host Nottingham Forest this Saturday, looking to register back to back league wins for the first time since November.

The Verdict

Chris Wilder has done a wonderful job at Bramall Lane, proving that you don’t need millions to be a success.

His Blades side have coped incredibly well with Championship football after a spell in League One and he’s an English manager with a huge future ahead of him.

I’ve heard him called the ‘next Sean Dyche’ in conversation, a largely lower-league player with the skills to break into football’s elite as a manager. It genuinely wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Wilder ends up managing in the Premier League with Sheffield United.