Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has told his players to “get off the canvas” after suffering a major blow to their hopes of securing automatic promotion from the EFL Championship.
The Blades were held 1-1 at home by Millwall last weekend, a result which saw them drop three points behind Leeds United in the race to join likely champions Norwich City in securing a direct step up to the Premier League.
However, Wilder insists his team must show the character to fight for a top-two finish in what remains of the season, starting with their ‘Good Friday’ clash at home to Nottingham Forest on April 19. The match will be live on Fox Sports 1 from 13h25 CAT.
“You do not get to where we are without having a good attitude and without being able to get off the canvas at times,” explained Wilder.
“If they want the big prize, it is there to be taken – by a player who shows a bit of magic or a team that wants to grab what is out there.
“If they want to feel sorry for themselves, we may as well just think ‘let us see who we get in the playoffs and go through that lottery.’ If they do feel sorry for themselves though, they will not pull a shirt on. They know what I am like.
“I am not bothered what they feel and what they think. I just told them what my thoughts were and it was not an open house.”
The Blades boss added, “They have done fantastic, but we want the big prize and you cannot go backwards to grab that.”