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The Verdict

22 August 2012

Wilder hails team effort

Chris Wilder was pleased with the team effort as United made it two wins from two league games with a 2-0 win over Southend last night. Tom Craddock’s brace earned the U’s three points after Southend went down to ten men in the first half, but as the United Manager told Yellow Player afterwards it was how his side adapted that pleased him:

“It’s been a good start and the challenge now is on to Saturday. Last night we had the man advantage but I thought we moved them about well and took full advantage of the extra number we had. I was just a bit disappointed that the goals never came a bit earlier really because just before and just after half time we had numerous chances to put the game to bed.”

United’s excellent team spirit is obvious right now, something the Manager applauded after the game:

“It’s something I mentioned in the changing room after . With James Constable having a tight groin we didn’t want to take a risk and he is a team player so he understood that. But the lads who came in were excellent. I thought Deane Smalley was different class and Tommy has stayed patient and came in and took his chance. But everyone played a part.”

United now look to make it back to back home wins as they welcome Plymouth to the Kassam Stadium on Saturday:

“Plymouth usually bringing a healthy following but it’s up to us to keep the hammer down now.” Chris said “ We don’t want to take a backwards step after a good start. This is an important time in the season. Everyone talks about it settling down after ten games but we want it to settle down and for us to be right amongst it.”

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See highlights plus the full interview with Chris Wilder, and an exclusive with Deane Smalley, only in Yellow Player

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