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Influential forward reveals the key behind Sheffield United’s early success

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Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Billy Sharp has praised Sheffield United’s togetherness, claiming that as the key component to their recent victory over Derby County.

Chris Wilder’s side put in a hugely impressive display prior to the international break, beating Derby 3-1 at Bramall Lane – a result that lifted the Blades into the Sky Bet Championship’s play-off zone.

Captain Sharp has now praised his side for their spirit, claiming that was the reason they always felt like they could overturn a strong looking Derby side, he said: “We’ve got a great spirit here and, I’m not being harsh, I think that’s why we beat Derby.

“They’ve got some brilliant individuals but we knew, if we stuck together, we could cause them real problems.

“That’s exactly what we did. We stuck together. You can’t put a price on having that, being so close, in football. If you’re not a team then you’ll struggle.”

Sharp scored twice in that victory over Derby, taking his tally to four goals for the season, with the 31-year-old continuing the form that saw him score 30 goals in League One last year.

The striker has helped Wilder’s side to victory in three of their first five fixtures of the 2017/18 Championship campaign, a run of results that has propelled the Blades into a powerful position early in the season.

Wilder’s side are looking to continue their fine early season form over the next week, but face back-to-back fixtures away from Bramall Lane.

The Blades travel to Sunderland on Saturday, before making the trip to the Macron Stadium on Tuesday to face Bolton Wanderers.

The Verdict

It is no surprise to see Sheffield United doing so well at the start of the 2017/18 campaign, with the momentum from last season’s promotion clearly carrying Wilder’s side through the early fixtures.

You can’t criticise the Blades at this current time, with the confidence of Wilder’s side clearly soaring at this early stage of the season.

Sharp has been the club’s talisman over the last year, and everybody associated with the club will be hoping the 31-year-old can continue his early season form.

Sheffield United fans… Let us know your thoughts!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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