After a similarly poor start to the season, Chris Wilder encouraged his Sheffield United players to take inspiration from the team that beat relegation 30 years ago. A 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday meant the Blades have now set a new record at the beginning of a Premier League season for the longest winless streak.
After 17 matches, bottom-of-the-table United had just two points, but Wilder was in a similar position before in the 1990/91 season. Full time in London. Image.twitter. “It has to come from within. It’s not going to come from the outside, it’s got to come from the players finding a great moment, playing a great half of soccer and getting a great result. “It has to come from inside, what his players need to do. They were tight games and I can’t believe they were games where we were overrun without looking at the record books. “There was a togetherness that we still see to compete and do their best, but obviously it takes a knock with every game that goes by without that result. Sheffield United’s problems continued against Crystal Palace (John Walton/PA) “People look at it from the dressing room, the mood, the decision, everything, and I understand that. I accept the critique. It comes with a big moment, a big effort, a big outcome, like 30 years ago, leading to the team winning a few matches in the second half of the season. This squad will have to wait a little longer to end their slump in the top flight as the Blades face Sky Bet League One side Bristol Rovers away on Saturday in the FA Cup. Wilder stressed that nine players were unavailable for the FA Cup. Evidently, there are several long-term accidents. The loss of nine players, particularly in the Premier League and the shape we’re in, definitely doesn’t give us the best chance in this league of getting a result. You glance around and wonder from the bench what you should do. I believe one of the bright points is that, as a 16-year-old player, Antwoine is on the pitch. For the first time since December 6, Jeffrey Schlupp and Ebere Eze’s first-half goals saw Palace return to winning ways for the first time since December 6. Jeffrey Schlupp (center right) scores the first goal of Crystal Palace (Clive Rose/PA)After heavy defeats against Liverpool and Aston Villa, on Monday, Roy Hodgson’s side won revenge with a draw at home in Leicester before positioning the Blades in a professional display. Defender James Tomkins thought the fourth-minute opening goal of Schlupp was crucial to the victory and added: “The manager has said we have to take the second half into the first half against Leicester. “You can’t start slowly in the Premier League – if you’re down by one or two goals, it’s a long way back, so we’ve done well. We knew it was going to be a little bit of a fight. We knew it was going to be a fight. They wanted their first win and we didn’t want it to go against us, so we had to start well and get the first goal.