Chris Wilder has admitted he has to take responsibility for Sheffield United’s poor start to the season – but insists there is still plenty of time.
The Blades enjoyed a successful first season in the top flight last year, but haven’t won any of their first nine games this time around. Their bad luck continued with a 1-0 loss to West Ham leaving them at the bottom of the table.
Wilder has been applauded for his work at Bramall Lane, but has not been able to inspire his team in the same way this season so far.
However, he believes his players should continue and not expect favors from elsewhere.
He said Sky Sports: “We must continue. No one is going to help you. It is ruthless and relentless.
“No one cares about us apart from us and our supporters, so we have to keep going.
“I take responsibility for everything, we all suffer. We have to pick ourselves up and start again.
“I’m the leader and I’m the one they’re looking at. My attitude is very positive for this week.
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System not to blame
Looking specifically at what went wrong against West Ham, Wilder admitted his side lacked confidence – denying his training was to blame.
He said Match of the day: “It wasn’t the system – it was the confidence of the players and the decision making at key moments that determined the outcome. This will be the case when you have collected a point in nine games.
“We will go back, we have to do it. I’m here to lead them and I certainly enjoy this challenge.
“Without disrespecting some of the places this football club has had to go, there’s no point in taking a step back and feeling sorry for yourself.
“This is the Premier League, we have won the right to be here and have to do some things quickly enough to stay there and protect our status as a Premier League club. Long way to go. “
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