Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has said the target for his team simply has to be to finish 17th now, following the loss at West Brom.
The Blades squandered plenty of chances at the Hawthorns and came away empty handed from a game that Wilder said the Blades ‘could have won two or three one’ in the end.
It means the Blades sit bottom of the Premier League table with just a single point. But, remarkably, United are only five points of the Baggies in 17th, with Brighton just four ahead of Slaven Bilic’s men.
And Wilder, speaking following the game to Andy Giddings, says that finishing 17th would now be a remarkable achievement for his team.
“There’s no point being unrealistic about it,” Wilder said.
“We have to try and finish 17th. Have to try and keep in touch and go on a run of games where we win three or four on the bounce and try and pull somebody else into it. And it can happen, we’ve seen it last season and it could happen again, whether it be injuries, lack of confidence, as we’re saying with us now.”
Wilder cut a frustrated figure during his interview as he almost repeated the same things he has said on countless occasions this season already.
The Blades boss insisted nothing was wrong with the set up, shape, or attitude of the team and that it simply comes down to taking chances and confidence in front of goal.
Nothing more the gaffer can do, to be honest
Wilder is responsible for the team and he rightly takes the brunt of any criticism when things aren’t going well but for yesterday, there was nothing more he could have done.
The shape was fine, the players he selected were fine, it simply came down to his strikers – and others – not putting the ball in the net.
Some of the chances we missed were criminal and without disrespect, a Sunday League forward would expect to take some of them.
These chances have to start going in if we are to make any sort of fist of things in the coming weeks and months.