Chris Wilder revels in battling Blades display


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Sheffield United will be a tough team to beat at home this season, claims manager Chris Wilder, who saw his side pick up a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Blades, who drew their opening game of the season against Bournemouth, sit in seventh place in the table after John Lundstram’s winner over the Eagles.

With four points from a possible six, it has been a positive start to the Premier League season for a side that battled their way into the second automatic promotion spot in the Championship last term. With a fiery atmosphere at Bramall Lane, Wilder feels his side will be a tough nut to crack when teams head to the Steel City.

“We wanted a special atmosphere and we certainly got that and the players rose to the occasion,” he told reporters.

“We have got that enthusiasm, if anyone comes here they have to do a lot of good things to get a result but I thought we were good and we nicked a tight game – it was a great effort from everybody to gain the three points.

“We have to play quicker and be a bit more streetwise but the players got up to the speed of the game and it was a proper Sheffield United performance.” Up next for the Blades is another outing at Bramall Lane when Leicester City come to town on Saturday.

United are 3.40 to win, 3.20 to draw and 2.16 to lose against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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