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Chris Wilder: 'Promotion still achievable for Sheffield United'

Chris Wilder targets a "grandstand finish" to the Championship season, stressing that Sheffield United are not out of the Championship promotion race just yet.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has urged his players to prove their critics wrong after being written off in the Championship promotion race.

The Blades have slipped from top of the division in November down to their current position of eighth place following a run of two wins in their last 13 league outings.

Wilder accepts that many will continue to mark his side down as no-hopers, having averaged only a point a game over the past few months, but is adamant that United have the character to pick themselves back up and climb into the playoff picture.

"If people want to write us off, which I'm sure they are doing, then that's up to them," he is quoted as saying by the Sheffield Star. "If they want to say that's us done, they can do that if they want. It's fine by me. But I know the spirit that's in this group and I know they can go again. I know better than anyone the character of these boys.

"We have to get over [this blip] quickly and set ourselves up for a grandstand finish. Because were still in the fight and it's still all to play for. I don't think there's anything wrong with the character of our group, in fact I know there isn't because they prove it every single day.

"This game against Leeds this weekend takes care of itself. We'll have a full house and the support from up the road is going to be a sell-out too. These are the type of matches everyone wants to be involved in and I know the lads are going to be up for it as they and the fans always are."

Sheffield United have most recently lost back-to-back games at the hands of Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, failing to score a goal in either match.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd128132113825
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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