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Dec 14, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​Bramall Lane
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Chris Wilder plays down David McGoldrick goal drought

Chris Wilder plays down David McGoldrick goal drought
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The 32-year-old has not scored for Sheffield United since bagging a brace at Hull on April 22.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has underlined David McGoldrick's importance to the team as that first Premier League goal continues to elude the striker.

The Republic of Ireland international scored 15 times last season to help fire the Blades to promotion but he has yet to get off the mark in the top flight, last finding the back of the net for the club in April.

McGoldrick had a couple of close-range chances to break his duck against Aston Villa on Saturday but on each occasion failed to get the right connection.

The 32-year-old did provide the assist for John Fleck's second goal in the 2-0 win and Wilder insists he brings much more to the team than just goals.

"It's plain and obvious what he brings to the team. He knows, I know, the supporters know, his fellow players know. They all know. He just needs a goal to get himself up and running," said Wilder.

"You get found out if you hide in this sport and you get found out if you don't take responsibility at this football club, the punters would be after you. They aren't after him, there were 30,000 singing his name.

"So the fans understand and we all want him to get that goal but he's getting himself into the positions, he links play and makes us play and allows us the opportunity of getting up the pitch and gives us the opportunity of winning games of football.

"I know Flecky got the man of the match award with his two goals but yet again Didsy's (McGoldrick) performance was absolutely top drawer."

The defeat at Bramall Lane was a third straight loss for Villa and a fifth in the last seven Premier League matches. However, boss Dean Smith insists his side are not suffering from a crisis in confidence.

"That's only your perception that confidence is low," he said. "We've lost three games against teams who are in the top 10. It's a tough league.

"Football changes very quickly. As I've said this week, it was two games ago, and now it's three games ago, we came off the pitch at Old Trafford and getting lauded for a really good performance after we dispatched Newcastle. It just needs a bit of perspective."

Conor Hourihane missed the defeat to Sheffield United but Smith hopes the midfielder will be fit for this week's Carabao Cup quarter-final tie against Liverpool.

"He was struggling in training yesterday (Friday) so, yeah, he should be okay for Tuesday I think but I'll find out."

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