Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has dismissed claims that Scunthorpe are punching above their weight by occupying an automatic promotion spot ahead of Saturday’s meeting between the two clubs at Bramall Lane.
“I don’t think it’s ‘little old Scunthorpe.’ People inside football know what happens, in terms of budgets”, Wilder told the Star.
“They might not have 15,000 supporters, but they have a lot of things going for them; moving into a new stadium, a chairman (that) has heavily backed that club, brought in a lot of good players and been going at it for a year now, building things up.
“They are up there for a reason, have got some really good results, and the manager has done a great job. I think they will be extremely disappointed if they drop out of the top two come the end of the season.”
“Scunthorpe have invested in players, have a lot of good players, but you don’t get them without attracting them for a reason. Usually, it’s a financial one.”
Scunthorpe travel to Sheffield sitting five points behind the Blades, with a game in hand and Wilder refused to play down the importance of the game.
“I am not going to spin it, saying it’s just another three points, it isn’t. It’s a big game.
“Whoever comes out on top on Saturday, will be feeling really good. Scunthorpe would, because of their form recently, that will give them a big lift. They will see that as a massive gain for them.”