Sheffield United find last piece of jigsaw and boost bid to return Premier League football at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United find last piece of jigsaw and boost bid to return Premier League football at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED have found the last piece of the jigsaw in their bid to return Premier League football to Bramall Lane. Game management, which has so often eluded the Blades this season, came into play at The Hawthorns where they defended a 1-0 first-half lead over formidable promotion rivals West Brom. More of the same and the top flight will look a good deal closer.

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No calculated spin of the dice for Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder with stakes so high for Blades at The Hawthorns and Hillsborough

No calculated spin of the dice for Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder with stakes so high for Blades at The Hawthorns and Hillsborough

SHEFFIELD UNITED have reached what could be a defining two fixtures in their promotion bid. Starting at promotion rivals West Brom followed by a trip to Hillsborough. Chris Wilder gambled with his strikeforce in what turned out to be a spectacular success in a 4-0 home win over struggling Reading. But he won’t be spinning the dice as far as these dates are concerned.

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Wilder salute as Sheffield United learn their lesson and gain ground in promotion bid

Wilder salute as Sheffield United learn their lesson and gain ground in promotion bid

NORMAL service resumed at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United gained ground in their promotion bid with a thoroughly professional performance to beat promotion rivals Middlesbrough 1-0. Richard Stearman came off the bench to head the winner. Listening to him afterwards it is easy to understand how the defender represents the embodiment of the culture manager Chris Wilder has painstakingly created.

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Sharp spells it out for Sheffield United who must answer some big questions after collapse at Aston Villa rekindles doubts

Sharp spells it out for Sheffield United who must answer some big questions after collapse at Aston Villa rekindles doubts

BILLY SHARP’s moment of personal achievement was overshadowed by Sheffield United’s collapse at Villa Park in which they squandered a three-goal lead to leave with a point. The skipper’s hat-trick made it 101 goals for him in a Blades shirt. Sharp, however, still believes it can be regarded as a good point if he and his teammates come up with the perfect response, starting at Middlesbrough.

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder hints that stellar signing to boost strike options for Blades is still on the cards as Bramall Lane fans signal they are prepared to grant bad boy Madine a pardon

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder hints that stellar signing to boost strike options for Blades is still on the cards as Bramall Lane fans signal they are prepared to grant bad boy Madine a pardon

GARY MADINE is far from what Sheffield United fans had in mind when manager Chris Wilder talked up the need for a top quality striker to make the difference in the push to secure Premier League football. But Wilder is hinting that a stellar signing is still possible before the January transfer window closes and supporters have indicated they are prepared to give bad boy Madine benefit of the doubt.

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Sheffield United at January crossroads and now is time for Blades battling co-owners to reveal their true direction of travel at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United at January crossroads and now is time for Blades  battling co-owners to reveal their true direction of travel at Bramall Lane

THE ball is now firmly in the court of Sheffield United warring co-owners as the club enters the New Year on a Championship high. But will they take it? it’s time for them to put their cards on the table. Cost of rebuilding to compete and stay in the Premier League may be a price too high as battle for control of the club continues. But with or without their help manager Chris Wilder is determined to get there.

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Blades were arrogant and I won't forget it says stunned boss Wilder after Sheffield United's FA Cup humiliation against non-league Barnet at Bramall Lane

Blades were arrogant and I won't forget it says stunned boss Wilder after Sheffield United's FA Cup humiliation against non-league Barnet at Bramall Lane

CHRIS WILDER launched a blistering attack on his Sheffield United players after a shocking FA Cup exit to non-league Barnet at Bramall Lane. His confidence was shaken after a much-changed side, featuring largely second string players, produced a dismal, lacklustre performance against a team sitting 15th in the National League. The Bees were worth their victory and received a standing ovation from Blades fans at full time.

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Quick fix could work for Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder if warring co-owners are really listening

Quick fix  could work for Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder if warring co-owners are really listening

SOME Blades fans are dismayed that Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has been limited to loan signing in the January transfer window. But a quick-fix policy without a lasting commitment may work in the manager’s favour if Sheffield United’s warring co-owners are prepared to pay big wages. If not the summer departure of Wilder and No2 Alan Knill is almost inevitable.

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Is Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder's Premier League plea falling on deaf ears at Bramall Lane?

Is Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder's Premier League plea falling on deaf ears at Bramall Lane?

CHRIS WILDER’S frustration is growing as his January transfer plans wait for warring club owners Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Kevin McCabe to agree on what budget is available to him to make a realisitc push for the Premier League. The Blades boss has been sending them subliminal messages through the media but as of yet they don’t seem to have got through.

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Should we be so surprised at reality check for Sheffield United as furious Blades boss Chris Wilder threatens changes at Bramall Lane after watershed draw at Rotherham?

Should we be so surprised at reality check for Sheffield United as furious Blades boss Chris Wilder threatens changes at Bramall Lane after watershed draw at Rotherham?

SHEFFIELD UNITED returned from the latest international break and stepped into a maelstrom at Rotherham United which left manager Chris Wilder raging. A 2-2 draw couldn’t mask his and Blades fans’ dismay at the shoddy performance. But should we be so surprised? Now Wilder, who cancelled the players’ Sunday off, is threatening a major shake-up for the midweek trip to Brentford.

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Blades Link with ex-England striker Jermain Defoe and Saints Irish hit-man Shane Long a subtle message from Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder to his warring bosses at Bramall Lane

Blades Link with ex-England striker Jermain Defoe and Saints Irish hit-man Shane Long a subtle message from Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder to his warring bosses at Bramall Lane

IT SEEMS frustrated Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has delivered a not-so-subtle message to his warring bosses after a story this week by a trusted Sheffield journalist and broadcaster linking the Blades to ex-England striker Jermain Defoe and Southampton hit-man Shane Long. All maybe not quite what it appears.

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Frustrated Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder wants answers from his bosses again and if he doesn't get them Blades fans should be worried

Frustrated Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder wants answers from his bosses again and if he doesn't get them Blades fans should be worried

WORRYING noises from manager Chris Wilder in the past fortnight. He has shown no hesitation in going public about his bosses’ power struggle that is impeding plans to give Sheffield United a shot at reaching the Premier League. It’s deja vu but this time only three months into the campaign and we all know what happened at the end of the last one.

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is Blades super striker Billy Sharp's biggest critic at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is Blades super striker Billy Sharp's biggest critic at Bramall Lane

BILLY SHARP’S hat-trick against Wigan which helped lift Sheffield United two points clear at the top of the Championship, was the striker’s latest answer to boss Chris Wilder who pushed him down the pecking order last season. Sharp, a model professional, just lets his football do the talking and is now six goals short of becoming English league football’s top scorer in the 21st century.

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Sheffield United's chance to stoke fire and send Championship rivals clear message after Derby defeat exposes chinks in Blades armour

Sheffield United's chance to stoke fire and send Championship rivals clear message after Derby defeat exposes chinks in Blades armour

DEFEAT at Derby exposed chinks in Sheffield United’s armour and ended a run of four wins which propelled the Blades to the top of the Championship. Still joint top the visit of newly-relegated Stoke City presents the perfect opportunity to send a clear message to rivals and get the show back on the road at Bramall Lane.

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It's enough to turn Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder to drink as big name players like Gerrard cherry-pick job market

It's enough to turn Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder to drink as big name players like Gerrard cherry-pick job market

MAKING a name for yourself as a player is difficult enough. Becoming a respected manager arguably even more so. Which is why Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder must privately have a wry smile at some of the big-name newcomers who project image over substance to cherry-pick the job market.

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Are Blades fans watching a repeat as Sheffield United maul Aston Villa at Bramall Lane and climb to third in Championship?

Are Blades fans watching a repeat as Sheffield United maul Aston Villa at Bramall Lane and climb to third in Championship?

BLADES fans were treated to a fantastic afternoon in the sunshine at Bramall Lane as Championship big guns Aston Villa were thrashed 4-1 and Sheffield United went into the international break sitting third in the table. The same 12 points total and record after six matches last season. Expectation has been raised again after mixed opinion on the club’s summer transfer dealings. Groundhog Day?

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder vindicated as Norwich take dark arts shade too far

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder vindicated as Norwich take dark arts shade too far

IT’S a safe assumption that Norwich City boss Daniel Farke and the sensitive souls who make up his travelling staff are not on Blades manager Chris Wilder’s Christmas list. The Canaries deny they indulge in the Dark Arts even though their continued antics at Bramall Lane suggest otherwise. Now Farke has been outed after going a shade too far.

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder tells critics to keep faith as he kick-starts Blades bid to complete transfer jigsaw at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder tells critics to keep faith as he kick-starts Blades bid to complete transfer jigsaw at Bramall Lane

CHRIS WILDER is experiencing something new as boss of Sheffield United. Dissenting voices. A turbulent start to the season – two defeats and a win, three goals scored and six conceded – is not the real problem. For a minority of frustrated fans it is the missed opportunity in the permanent transfer window which is cause for concern. But with the loan market still open and the arrival of midfield man Oliver Norwood from Brighton, Wilder is confident things are looking up.

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He's one of our own: Journalist Danny Hall's extraordinary account of Sheffield United Chris Wilder and his first two remarkable years in charge of the Blades at Bramall Lane

He's one of our own: Journalist Danny Hall's extraordinary account of Sheffield United Chris Wilder and his first two remarkable years in charge of the Blades at Bramall Lane

DANNY HALL, a sports reporter on local paper The Star, is getting ready for the publication of his first book. And what a book. He’s one of our own is the inside story on Chris Wilder’s remarkable first two years in charge of Sheffield United. Danny kindly let ViewFromTheJohnStreet.com have a preview and Blades fans won’t be disappointed.

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