Wilder warns of ‘competitive’ Brentford fixture as United push for promotion

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has warned of a tough game ahead as his side host Brentford tomorrow night.

Following on from a confident 2-0 win against Rotherham at the weekend, United currently sit third in the Championship, two points off an automatic promotion spot.

However, their boss is not taking any chances ahead of what he anticipates will be a test of the team’s character tomorrow. Although Brentford are 13th in the league, they have enjoyed a solid run of form in recent months.

Wilder said: “It’s ultra-competitive. With Brentford, they’ll look at that last play off spot and think if they have a good run, they might have a chance at promotion.”

The 51-year-old described himself as “delighted” with the team’s work ethic, saying it has not been a comfortable season, but they have made it as easy as possible through their performances.

Wilder sees the international break, which comes after Saturday’s visit to Elland Road, as an ideal chance for the team to regroup and steady themselves as their promotion push continues.

“We’ve got two games to go and attack then we’ll assess. We’ll work hard as we do in the break, the international boys will go away, and the other players will work just as hard away from the lights.”

Wilder is also confident in the Blades’ chances of an automatic promotion spot as the final games of the season approach.

“We’re playing well enough,” he said. “The individuals are good enough, we’ve got a good group who are fit and healthy, and consistently playing well.

“We’ve shown good consistency throughout the season and we’re going to have to do that in the last three games.”

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