Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is hopeful Blades will avoid relegation this season
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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is hopeful Blades will avoid relegation this season

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is welcoming the challenge that comes with assuring that his team remain in the Premier League.

Wilder inspired Sheffield to a ninth finish on the Premier League standings in their first season back in top-flight football but this season is proving to be a difficult one for the Blades.

The Blades will take on West Ham United on Sunday and will be hopeful that they can secure an all-important three points of which the boss Wilder knows won't come easy.

“I have managed over 900 senior games and have come through that period without a dismissal on the CV and I certainly do not want one on from a personal point of view," Wilder said.

“We are up for the fight and I have been in a lot worse positions in my professional career and managed to come through. I am not saying it will be easy and we have a fight ahead of us.

“People will be having their opinions on us around Sheffield and nationally. In a perverse way, I quite enjoy times like this and it is in my nature to fight and in our nature as a football club to fight.

“There are certain things that have gone against us and it is a roller coaster of a football club.

“We have had some fantastic times over the last three or four years and have to take the downside on the chin and roll with the punches.”

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