WILDER LA­BELS DE­FEAT ‘RE­AL­ITY CHECK’

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Lyons

HON­EST Sh­effield United boss Chris Wilder be­lieves his side’s mid­week de­feat at QPR could be a bless­ing in dis­guise.

His troops went into the match top of the Cham­pi­onship but slipped back to third af­ter los­ing 1-0 at Lof­tus Road.

Idrissa Sylla bagged a fourth-minute win­ner for the R’s af­ter Blades keeper Ja­mal Black­man col­lided with team-mate Cameron Carter-Vick­ers and spilled the ball into his path.

Af­ter his nasty land­ing, Chelsea loa­nee Black­man, 24, had to be stretchered off fol­low­ing lengthy treat­ment.

“Maybe it’s a lit­tle bit of a re­al­ity check for ev­ery­one,” said Wilder. “Ev­ery­one’s re­ceived an enor­mous amount of credit and praise and we, in­clud­ing me, are all ready and will­ing to take that.

“I re­minded the play­ers it’s how you go from that po­si­tion and we took a back­ward step tonight.

“It wasn’t a Sh­effield United per­for­mance.

“We were out­worked in cer­tain areas.”

Wilder be­lieves his play­ers must stick to the game-plan that has brought them so much suc­cess if they are to progress.

“It was a real wake-up call,” added Wilder.

“It seemed the play­ers took things into their own hands a lit­tle bit and didn’t play as a team.

“We didn’t work the ball around the pitch as a team, like we do, didn’t win enough in­di­vid­ual bat­tles and first and sec­ond balls.”

Black­man, mean­while, re­mained in the cap­i­tal to be as­sessed by par­ent club Chelsea for a back in­jury.

Wilder ad­mit­ted it was a blow to lose the keeper for yes­ter­day’s clash with Hull but felt it was the right de­ci­sion to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions with the player.

He said: “It made sense, given where we were, for Jam to stay down there for Chelsea to have a look at him.”

MES­SAGE: Chris Wilder

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