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The Verdict

14 January 2013

Chris Wilder on United's win at Bradford

Manager Chris Wilder admitted that he would have been disappointed if his United side had not won at Bradford on Saturday. The U’s came from behind to win thanks to a last minute Peter Leven penalty, but had created enough chances and had enough possession to win the match even more convincingly.

“We would have been a touch disappointed to have got back on the bus and not won” Chris told Yellow Player. “We were playing a really good side that are bang in form as the whole nation saw last week. Maybe we took advantage of a few tired legs in the second half but I don’t want to take anything away from my players. I thought we were brave with the formation but you have to be flexible and the players were the ones who had to go out and take it on, and they did that magnificently. I thought we caused them all sorts of problems right the way through the game.

“I was disappointed with their goal but delighted with our two. Their keeper was unbelievable, we have hit the bar twice and I thought the desire of the boys to go and win a game was great. They didn’t want to see it out, all we were focussed on was winning and the attitude yet again was spot on.”

New boy Lewis Montrose added steel in midfield and enjoyed a fine debut while loan signing Justin Richards also drew praise from the Manager for the way he led the line:

“The trick now is for Monty to carry that on and I thought Justin was excellent in the shape. We had a difficult decision to make with Tommy Craddock because he has been outstanding but he accepted it just as everyone has to accept at times that we have a group of players determined to go out and get results for this football club.”

The pragmatic Yorkshire man, once a player at Bradford himself, refused to get carried away as United closed to within two points of the play-of places and was asked if he had dared look at the league table:

“No. I had the same belief four months ago when we got smashed and people had opinions on us. I never took much notice then and I’m not going to take much notice now if I’m honest because when we get our best players out on the pitch then I think we are a decent side who can go and win football matches and we are strong and can compete with the better sides in this league. That’s really all we’re looking at doing right now.”

See the full interview, match-winner Peter Leven, a new feature called On the Road featuring Sean Rigg plus match highlights, all in Yellow Player now.

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