Chris Wilder on Capital One Cup progress
Chris Wilder was delighted with the character and application that his side showed as they kicked off the season with a Capital One Cup win over Bournemouth last night. United came through a penalty shoot-out, leaving the manager to reflect on the qualities that got his side into the second round draw:
“We stuck in there and showed great resilience. I thought it was a decent game for a 0-0 and both sides had a go at it.
“We came up against a good side tonight. There was a lot of quality on show from them and there were a few tactical changes they made which kept us on our toes but the players gave themselves the opportunity to go and win the game and all credit to them.
“We played well and it was a pretty even game, but we came through it.”
The togetherness in the United squad, and in the stands, was obvious and perhaps one of the most encouraging signs for the season ahead:
“It’s early days but the lads have shown great spirit in pre-season and are a very together bunch. It’s good for everyone in the stands to see that tonight as well.” Chris told Yellow Player.
“The crowd have got a massive part to play for us through the ups and downs of the season but they always give the players the opportunity to produce their most confident and best performances. Like Swindon last year where they gave us a massive lift when we were down to ten men, they give the players that confidence, even at the end there: to go out and be positive in a penalty shoot-out.”
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