Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder once again cut a frustrated figure last night as the Blades lost to Everton at Bramall Lane.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal was enough to seal the win for the Toffees as they moved into second in the Premier League table, while United stayed winless from 15 games.
United boss Wilder changed the system again to try and get something from the game but was once again let down by his players, who looked passive and short of ideas and confidence throughout.
And speaking after the game, the Blades boss admitted he is somewhat bemused by what he is seeing from some of his players.
“It’s an incredibly frustrating time. I know we’ve got players who can move the ball around the pitch. People talk about this team and how we knocked it about and move it around the pitch, and we’re just not doing it,” Wilder said.
“There’s enough options in the system, it’s nonsense about the system. I’m so frustrated. We’re just passing it out of play, like it’s just rushed. All of them are not showing the quality that I believe they possess. If I didn’t think we could play, then I would accept it. It’s really difficult to understand and get my head around.”
Wilder’s comments were epitomised in the second half when John Egan slid a simple 25 yard pass out of play, while a corner got all the way to the back post in the six yard box without a hint of a Blades player getting on the end of it.
It is, as Wilder says, a frustrating time at the moment and something simply has to change from those out on the pitch.
What else is there to say?
Wilder looks like he could cry in this interview. He’s clearly hurting and while he has to take responsibility given he is the manager, there isn’t a lot he can do once the players cross that white line.
Not one United player is taking the game by the scruff of the neck and showing the leadership and quality needed at times like this.
That is a big worry and if we aren’t careful, we could end up playing 23 games just for nothing but pride. It’s pretty sad to see and you have to feel sorry for Wilder too.