Wilder refuses to dismiss derby as ‘just another’ game


Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has refused to dismiss this weekend’s derby at Glanford Park as ‘just another’ League One fixture.

But Wilder, who brings his side to North Lincolnshire on the back of four straight league wins, has admitted that he is under no illusions about the tough task at hand.

“We’ve got a big week ahead of us,” he said.

“They are all big games but these are big games coming up. I should imagine we will sell out and we’ll go there looking for a result.

“They are flying at the moment and they’ve got some good players. We understand this isn’t an easy league but we’ll be giving it everything we’ve got.”

The Blades boss is hoping to be able to call upon the services of ex Iron loanee Leon Clarke following injury.

Clarke declared himself fit for the 1-0 win over Peterborough, but was ordered to rest by Wilder until he has fully recovered.

“He’s not being doing himself any justice. He stuck his hand up to be involved but we felt he’s not being doing himself any justice coming into a new club and I don’t think that’s fair on him.

“Like I say, he wanted to be involved which showed great attitude. But we want him to be 100 per cent.

“Hopefully he’ll be ready for the weekend”.

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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