Date: 30th January 2018 at 11:59pm
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Following yesterday’s clash between Sheffield United and Aston Villa, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Sheffield United hosted Aston Villa at Bramall Lane for a 7.45pm kick off on Tuesday January 30, with the visitors taking a narrow one nil victory.

A Robert Snodgrass effort in the 90th minute decided the points on the day between the two Play Off hopefuls but Villa will be thankful for Sam Johnstone’s efforts across the game as United more than edged it in the opening 45 minutes.

Villa do now make it five wins on the spin and they are within a point of second placed Derby County.


Sheff Utd:

Moore, Basham, Stearman, O’Connell, Baldock, Leonard (Lundstram 67), Evans (Holmes 74), Fleck, Stevens, Clarke, Wilson (Donaldson 67).


Sharp, Duffy, Lafferty, Eastwood.

Aston Villa:

Johnstone, Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Hutton, Bjarnason, Snodgrass, Hourihane (Onomah 76), Grealish, Adomah (Jedinak 86), Hogan (Davis 82).


Taylor, Whelan, Tuanzebe, Bunn.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Jeremy Simpson blew the final whistle, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder explained.

‘It’s bittersweet really. We’ve gone toe-to-toe with Championship sides who shouldn’t really be in the Championship. The goalkeeper made some fantastic saves and the finish at the end comes from a player who has played in the Premier League and at international level. But we’re talking top-end Championship football and whilst we’ve not had the luck that we’ve needed to win a tight game I can’t be too critical.’

Aston Villa assistant manager Colin Calderwood in his comparative interview explained.

‘It wasn’t as we’d have wanted, especially in the first half and when it’s not perfect, you’ve got to get through it. We found ourselves on the back foot but we dug in and got through that period and it was an excellent result. We’ve dug in and got three points away from home out of nothing spectacular. Our goalkeeper played really well, made some good saves and with Snodgrass it wasn’t a chance – it was the quality that wins the game.’



4 Replies to “Refreshing Change As Sheffield Manager Praises Opposition”

  • Now that we are within spitting distance of 2nd (through just as much good fortune as hard work) we really must focus solely on getting an automatic promotion spot. A game like this demonstrates that we don’t offer anything better than the other contend

  • Chris Wilder was very good after the match, was very impressed with his comments and lack of moaning. Mourinho could take notes from him!

  • Yes, me and my mates said the same about him during his interview. Its rare these days that a manager can take a defeat on the chin with such grace, especially after they had good reason to feel unlucky to get nothing. You cold never imagine the likes of

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