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Chris Wilder satisfied as Sheffield United see off promotion rivals Derby

Chris Wilder satisfied as Sheffield United see off promotion rivals Derby
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Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick and Leon Clarke all scored for the Blades.

Chris Wilder praised a good all-round performance after his Sheffield United side ran out 3-1 winners over Derby in a fiery Boxing Day contest at Bramall Lane.

Tempers frayed both on and off the field as Wilder exchanged words with his counterpart Frank Lampard during what was a lively fixture between two of the Sky Bet Championship's top six.

The win, with goals from each of the three United strikers to feature, lifts them to fourth, while Lampard's Derby drop to sixth.

Billy Sharp opened the scoring after 41 minutes, before Harry Wilson levelled with a trademark direct free-kick.

The Blades kept pushing for the three points and they were rewarded with goals for David McGoldrick and Leon Clarke in what was a deserved victory for the home side.

Wilder said: "I thought it was a really good game and I'm delighted with my team and the way they went about it. It was an all-round performance and everyone contributed.

"It's not easy to win games at Championship level and we won a really excellent game of football today and we deservedly did that.

"It was an even first half shaded by the opponents, but we came roaring out second half and we should score just after half-time.

"We created the better chances always knowing they've got some really good players. The free-kick the boy hits is a wonder goal.

"It was a proper Sheffield United atmosphere and the crowd today were right at it and I thought my players were right at it – especially in the second half.

"I thought we looked a threat going forward all afternoon and if it comes off you have days like today where it's all positive and it's a great place to play."

Derby manager Lampard said: "In the first half we played pretty well and had a lot of possession.

"We played well in the first half and then got ourselves back at 1-1 early in the second, but we didn't play well in the last part of the game and made mistakes which lost us the game.

"A great goal by Harry [Wilson] and we needed to own the game then and I fancied that we would do. But if you give simple goals away it changes the atmosphere and it made it very difficult.

"They're one of the best teams in the league and a difficult team to play against.

"It was two managers who were into the game and we needed a referee with a cool head and maybe some decisions were wrong in both directions.

"We've got a good squad of players and we're in a decent position but it could be better."


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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder pictured in November 2018
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