In­abil­ity to scratch out point ag­i­tates Wilder

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

SH­EFFIELD UNITED man­ager Chris Wilder ad­mit­ted his side had not been at their best in this de­feat at Not­ting­ham For­est and re­vealed his mes­sage to his play­ers was that they must learn to get more from closely-con­tested games such as this.

“We haven’t played well and we haven’t got any­thing from the game and that is some­thing we need to ad­dress,” he said.

“The same thing has hap­pened four or five times to us now. I have just said to the play­ers that when we play well we ex­pect to win.

“There will be times when you don’t play well and the op­po­si­tion are miles bet­ter than you and you don’t get any­thing from the game – you hold your hands up when that hap­pens.

“But in be­tween there are games that are tight, when you are not as good as you would like to be, but you still have to come away with some­thing. This was one of those games where we haven’t come away with any­thing from a tight game.

“Our con­trol of the game wasn’t as good as it usu­ally is. Our ’keeper hasn’t had much to do, but nei­ther has their ’keeper.

“It was a low-qual­ity game when you look at the good play­ers who were on show. But For­est have got a re­sult out of it and we haven’t and that is what is most dis­ap­point­ing for us.”

For­est man­ager Ai­tor Karanka feels there is still more to come from his side and urged his play­ers to keep work­ing hard fol­low­ing this win over Sh­effield United.

Lewis Grab­ban’s 10th goal in his last 11 ap­pear­ances was enough to knock the Blades off the sum­mit.

Karanka was de­lighted with For­est’s per­for­mance, but told his play­ers af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle that they are still ca­pa­ble of more af­ter go­ing toe to toe with some of the divi­sion’s big-hit­ters in re­cent weeks. For­est fol­lowed up a re­cent win at Mid­dles­brough and a draw that could eas­ily have been three points at Leeds United by edg­ing out the Blades. Karanka said: “We are grow­ing and im­prov­ing a lot. The big pic­ture is that we beat the top-of-the-ta­ble team and the team with the best form in the league.

“But we can­not for­get that they have been work­ing to­gether for three years, with the same man­ager, work­ing to­gether to im­prove ev­ery day.

PIC­TURE: SI­MON BELLIS/SPORTIMAGE

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