Chris Wilder thrilled with Sheffield United win at sinking Shrewsbury

Chris Wilder thrilled with Sheffield United win at sinking Shrewsbury

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was delighted with his in-form team's attitude after they eased to a comfortable 3-0 win at struggling Shrewsbury.

Billy Sharp scored twice and Dan Lafferty was also on target as Blades extended their unbeaten run in League One to nine games and sent Shrewsbury to the foot of the table.

Wilder said: "We always want them to enjoy working for the football club and enjoy playing for this club and doing well.

"That's what we're in it for and you want them to play with a confidence and a swagger, but if we would have been big time tonight then we don't get a result.

"I think the biggest thing tonight yet again emphasises to me is just the absolute work ethic of the team. We go 3-0 up and we're working as hard, if not harder , off the ball to get it back late on in the game which is fantastic and is pleasing to see."

Wilder felt there was only going to be one winner once Sharp fired United in front with a fine strike from 25 yards a minute into the second half.

Lafferty then headed a third before Sharp struck again in the 66th minute.

"We've got quality all over the pitch and sometimes you just need a little bit of magic to get you going," he said. "The attitude for the game was first class.

"We felt we just needed to step it up second half and we did - and from then on really we scored three good goals and Mooro's (goalkeeper Simon Moore) made a couple of saves from free-kicks that we've given away.

"But really a lot of it was played in the opposition's final third and we looked dangerous every time we picked the ball up."

Shrewsbury caretaker manager Danny Coyne, in charge for the third time following the recent departure of Micky Mellon, felt the opening goal changed the course of the game.

"The position that we're in at the minute and a goal goes in, it's hard for the lads," said Coyne. "It's one of those situations you find yourselves in.

"We have spoken about it but it's hard to get that mentality flipped that everything's still positive and everything's still all right when you go a goal down to one of the best teams in the league.

"It's tough but you have got to think about things, think about what you're going to be doing in the game and at times I think we lost our way a little bit, but we've got to dust ourselves down again and go again Saturday."

Coyne, the club's goalkeeping coach, stressed Shrewsbury had competed well in a goalless first half.

He said: "It was a tussle first half. Both sides had chances from set plays, more so than open play. They came out second half and they took it to us, scored a screamer in the first few minutes and your back's to the wall straight away.

"Their tails are up and they get that confidence and the vein of form they're in at the minute it helps. The vein of form we're in at the minute it doesn't sometimes, so we need to change that mentality now."

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