MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 11:08:18
Jan 12, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​Bramall Lane (Sheffield)
Attendance: 25,501
Sheff UtdSheffield United
QPRQueens Park Rangers
FT(HT: 1-0)

'Job done' for Wilder as Sheffield United move into the top two

'Job done' for Wilder as Sheffield United move into the top two
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The Blades manager felt they deserved the 1-0 win.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder felt it was the right result and well deserved as his side beat QPR 1-0 in a tight game at Bramall Lane.

David McGoldrick's tenth goal of the season was enough for United to take all three points and move up into the automatic promotion places.

Wilder said: "It is job done, it was a tough game. They were on a good run of form, no result is given to you in the Championship and you have to work extremely hard to do things right.

"Given the run they're on, it is well deserved. We've had to overcome stubborn and difficult opposition today but I think the right result is the one that has happened.

"We always talk about that it's not going to be free-flowing and we're not going to create chance after chance, but it is football and we've talked about that one bit of quality that we need and we've got it today."

Wilder also paid tribute to match-winner McGoldrick "We're a team on the front foot and we try and dominate the opposition and create chances. There are goals to be had for the strikers for me, but obviously they've got to finish them.

"It is important their overall play is good and that they do their job, but ultimately they want to get into double figures as quickly as possible so with David doing that today, it is testament the way he's gone about his job.

The Blades started strongly and could have taken the lead in the opening minutes when Billy Sharp's lay-off found McGoldrick inside the box, but he volleyed wide of the mark.

QPR were happy to sit back and surrender possession for the majority of the first half, however the home side broke the deadlock in the 37th minute.

After more patient build-up play from the hosts, Norwood's whipped cross from the right-hand side found an unmarked McGoldrick at the near post to head in from six yards out.

The R's could have drawn level late on but Luke Freeman fired wide as United held on to take victory at Bramall Lane.

Despite losing their six-game unbeaten run, QPR manager Steve McClaren insisted he was proud of his team, despite the result.

He said: "I thought you saw two very good teams go toe-to-toe and really slug it out. There wasn't a great deal in the game and both defences did well to restrict chances so it was always going to be a one-goal game.

"We're disappointed to concede because I think it was from their only shot on target in the whole game so I thought our shape and the way we defended without the ball was very good.

"We tried to create opportunities and we had chances without actually going on goal.

"Our final ball today was not of the quality that it has been, so therefore you lose games.

"It is the first one in seven games, but it's the Championship so we'll dust ourselves down and go again at Preston next week."

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