Chris Wilder loving life in the Championship as in-form Sheffield United prepare to face Norwich City
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Confidence is flying high for Sheffield United ahead of Norwich City’s arrival at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
The newly-promoted Blades won 1-0 at Bolton in midweek to claim their fourth consecutive league victory and go third in the Championship table.
After six seasons away from the second tier, manager Chris Wilder has managed to maintain the momentum of his team’s League One title success – when they finished 14 points clear of Bolton, on 100 points.
“We’re just enjoying it, we’re out of the pub league, we’re into the Championship and we’re just enjoying it game by game and we’ll just take it as another game on Saturday,” said Wilder.
“The players’ attitude is first class, the togetherness, you’ve seen it again what we’ve had to do. If we’re not together as a group and you get put under pressure, like Bolton put us under, then quite a few teams might crumble.”
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Tottenham loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers proved the difference on his debut, firing home from close range in the 33rd minute after his initial effort from a corner was blocked, with the 19-year-old defender named man of the match.
The win came without recent signing Clayton Donaldson as the striker pulled his hamstring when scoring the second goal of his first game since joining from Birmingham, in a 2-1 win at Sunderland on Saturday – but Wilder hopes the forward could return to face City.
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“He could be, we’ll get back to Sheffield and see,” the Blades boss continued, speaking to United’s official website. “We’re obviously light on bodies at the top of the pitch and it was a difficult night for the forwards because second half was a game of basketball really, the quality wasn’t great.
“We didn’t dictate the game as well as we have done, they got on top of our midfield players and made it difficult for us, so it was a tough game for the forwards but they’ll go again. To get Clayton back and get (Caolan) Lavery back and one or two others will make us a lot stronger but it was an all-round, not for technical reasons really but the other side of the game, to come away 1-0 that gives me great delight.”
• Watch highlights of the Blades’ win at Bolton above