Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has spoken of the tough times his squad went through in League One as being one of the key reasons for the success the club are now enjoying.
In an interview with the Sheffield Star, Wilder made reference to the nightmare start he made as manager of the Blades, where the club went five games without a win.
“That spirit, that determination to never give up, is something that’s been ingrained in us since the first four (league) games of last season,” Wilder said. “It would have been easy for the lads to start throwing the towel in, to begin thinking ‘here we go again’, but they didn’t. They dug in, dragged themselves out of it and that, I think, just goes to show what can happen when you show some b***s.”
The Blades have made a stunning start to the Championship season after romping to the League One title last season and went into the international break in third place, just three points off top spot.
United spent six seasons in League One and have been lauded for their workrate and intensity on the field, however, Wilder insists there is more to his side than that.
“We get tagged, because we’ve got predominately English players, English coaches and an English manager, as a team that just runs about a lot. But we’ve got more to us than that. A lot more in fact. “We’ve produced some excellent performances, played some really top-drawer football, against some excellent sides.”
The Blades have certainly given a good account of themselves this season and they look more playoff contenders than relegation candidates so far. If they can continue their form under Wilder as they have been doing, then they will no doubt be up there come the end of the campaign.
Blades fans, what do you think? Bad memories of League One? Let us know!