Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder, has said he won’t settle until his side reach their first target of 50 points.
The Blades squandered a 1-0 lead with two minutes to go as Joe Allen rescued a point for Stoke City this evening (Tuesday).
United could’ve gone top of the table with a win after Middlesbrough were held to a 0-0 stalemate at home to Rotherham.
Despite the late blow, Wilder insisted his side deserved better against a side who have spent big bucks after dropping out of the Premier League last season.
“Peter Crouch has done what an experienced international that’s played in the Premier League does with [winning] the free-kick. I don’t think it was a free-kick. But it’s the slightest touch, minimal amount of contact, and he’s gone over right in front of the referee,” he said.
“We’ve not lined our wall up possibly as well as we should’ve done, obviously the threat of him coming on at 6’7”, how do you deal with that?
“We’re disappointed about their goal, we’ve had penalties this year, and maybe we possibly should’ve had another one [at the end with John Fleck] at the death.”
The result at Derby County, in which the Blades went 1-0 down inside the opening 19 seconds at Pride Park, ended an impressive run of four victories on the bounce.
It was a tough ask to respond against a Stoke side that boasts players such as Allen, Tom Ince, Bruno Martins Indi, Jack Butland and Charlie Adam to name but a few, although Wilder maintains it was the sort of reaction he was after.
“There it is, no moaning, bigger picture, playing well and I think if we play well and as well as we did tonight we’ll be okay. We’ll reach the first target of 50 points and stay in the division,” he added.
“That’s got to be the first point of what we do at this club is get to 50 points. We’re battling it out, I said after the game at Derby County [that they’re] a powerful club. Stoke are possibly the most powerful club we’ll play this year alongside West Brom. We’re going toe-to-toe with them and a little bit better.
“Everybody else should be looking at getting to 50 points and if we get to 50 points as soon as possible we’ll address it after that.”
The Blades welcome Wigan Athletic to Bramall Lane this Saturday as they look to reassert themselves at the top of the division (15:00pm KO).