Wilder lauds Blades’ at­ti­tude in Bolton win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

SH­EFFIELD UNITED man­ager Chris Wilder praised his play­ers for a scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mance as they brushed aside Bolton Wan­der­ers at the Univer­sity of Bolton Sta­dium.

The Blades scored twice in the first 22 min­utes through Mark Duffy and Kieron Free­man be­fore John Fleck added a third with 17 min­utes re­main­ing.

Wilder said: “We are mov­ing for­ward nicely. We know what to ex­pect when we come here and it was re­ally im­por­tant we started off on the front foot and got the first goal.

“We should have got the first goal af­ter two min­utes, we should have got a third af­ter three min­utes. For us to get that goal then dou­ble it up re­ally gave them a big prob­lem and it was a good af­ter­noon for us.

“I thought there were some re­ally good per­for­mances, but the at­ti­tude of the team was ex­cel- lent. We turned up and got our re­wards.”

Bolton stay third af­ter this de­feat, but the clos­est they came to scor­ing was a shot from David Wheater that was cleared off the line shortly be­fore half-time.

Duffy gave the Blades a fifth­minute lead as he stroked home from 12 yards af­ter some good work on the right by Chris Basham.

The vis­i­tors, who lost their first two games of the sea­son, dou­bled their ad­van­tage in the 22nd minute when a weaklystruck, harm­less-look­ing cross by Free­man was dum­mied by Leon Clarke and Ben Al­nwick was stranded as the ball crept in at the far post.

Just two min­utes af­ter the restart, Al­nwick was called into ac­tion again as he had to tip over a fiercely-hit 30-yard shot from David McGoldrick, a re­place­ment for Clarke for the sec­ond half.

Will Buck­ley re­ceived a yel­low card for sim­u­la­tion as Bolton ap­pealed in vain for a penalty.

The hosts then made a dou- LEAP OF JOY: ble at­tack­ing change in the 61st minute that saw Erhun Oz­tumer and Yanic Wild­schut re­place Luke Mur­phy and Buck­ley.

The Blades re­mained rel­a­tively un­trou­bled as they con­trolled pos­ses­sion with Basham see­ing a low hard shot beaten away by Al­nwick. They wrapped up the win in the 73rd minute as Fleck swept home a low cross from Stevens.

John Fleck cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing Sh­effield United’s third goal in their 3-0 vic­tory at Bolton Wan­der­ers.

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