We have rediscovered our identity - Wilder

13 January 2021 17:15:55

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says his team has "rediscovered their identity" after securing their first win of the season against Newcastle United.

The Blades got off the mark at the 18th attempt thanks to a second-half penalty from Billy Sharp, following a handball from Federico Fernandez.

Wilder's men dominated the game from the first whistle and their night got easier when Ryan Fraser was dismissed for two yellow cards at the end of the first half.

Sharp stepped off the bench to slot home the spot-kick and the Blades recorded their first victory in the top flight for 186 days.

While Steve Bruce is battling to keep his job at Newcastle, Wilder can now look forward with optimism as he tries to help his team cut the gap between themselves and 17th-placed Brighton.

They are now 10 points from safety after Tuesday's win, and Wilder says it is great to see his team play with renewed confidence.

"I thought we were in control and confident on the ball and pushed it and it was a deserved win. It looked like we got our identity back," said Wilder.

"I'm delighted with the performance, and it is a big result for the players and supporters obviously, given the length of time we haven't had a win.

"The key now is to take it forward; we can't waste it. We've got an incredible challenge ahead of us but if we can make it competitive..."

The Blades are now 8/1 not to be relegated this season, and they will try to make it two in a row when they welcome Tottenham to Bramall Lane at the weekend.

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