Chris Wilder impressed by Sheffield United's fighting spirit

Chris Wilder impressed by Sheffield United's fighting spirit

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder hailed his side's determination as they rescued a point at the death in a 1-1 Sky Bet League One draw with Fleetwood Town.

There were just 27 seconds left when defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell headed home to cancel out David Ball's opener.

"I thought we dominated the game," said Wilder. "They threatened us on the counter attack, they've got some good players at the top of the pitch and we have to be careful.

"But we should score after the first minute. We do that and the game completely changes.

"The amount of times I thought we moved the ball about, we played really well. We got in some really good positions. But we never showed that at the top of the pitch.

"Their keeper made a couple of good saves, we got in a couple of bad positions. There were other things that just whizzed across the face of the goal.

"It's quite easy for everybody to think it's going to be one of those days. But full credit to the players, they weren't ready for that to happen.

"You get games of football where whatever you do, whatever you try, whatever you change it's not your day.

"We had stubborn opposition in front of us but we kept going and anybody watching the game would agree it would have been a travesty had we not got a point."

Fleetwood manager Uwe Rossler felt his men had given more than 100 per cent and said: "Football is such a cruel game. But life goes on.

"We've had a tough tough week. We didn't hit the energy levels that we'd normally have.

"But the lads went beyond 100 per cent. Sheffield United took over in the second half. They forced us to defend.

"We just couldn't get it over the line. I'm proud of my players.

"It's been a tough one for us, playing three teams you expect in the top six. I think that's the best Sheffield United team I've seen in a few years.

"I'm just proud of my players. Now we have to get ourselves up again.

"We'll give the players a little break from each other and then get together and go again."


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