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'The confidence is shot': Michael Brown says Sheffield United glad to see back of 2020

For those watching Sheffield United today, it will very much feel like a case of groundhog day for many Blades.

Any hopes of a first win were almost immediately extinguised when Jeff Schlupp’s deflected effort found its way past Aaron Ramsdale in the opening minutes.

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United did little to fight back, either. And before the end of the first period, Ebere Eze strolled half the pitch before rolling the ball past Ramsdale to put the game to bed with another 45 still to play.

And watching for Sky Sports today, former Blades midfielder, Michael Brown, says it is obvious United’s confidence is gone.

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“It’s very difficult (to find any positives)”, Brown said.

“The confidence is obviously completely shot. They’ve not created like they have been and today, only three shots at goal says it all. They’ll be happy to see the back of the Christmas period and will have to hope that 2021 can bring some improvement.”

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United struggled to test the Palace defence and it was a case of we’ve been here before in all honesty. Barring Antwoine Hackford’s late snap shot, the Blades created next to nothing.

Brown is right, this is a new low under Wilder

The Blades boss has overseen some of the greatest moments in the football club’s history and his position is, rightfully, not up for debate at the moment.

But, barring the opening few weeks of his tenure, this is as low as it’s got for Wilder and his squad of players. Worryingly, there seemed to be a lack of team cohesion today. There was finger pointing, safe passes, and errors all over the field.

Four years ago or so, Wilder stopped the bus and ordered Billy Sharp to get the beers in. Given we’re coming out of London with nothing again tonight and at a new low, maybe the Blades boss needs to deploy that tactic again.

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