“Affect what you can affect” – Wilder on the relegation battle

Blades manager Chris Wilder has emphasised that Sheffield United’s staff and players are maintaining a laser focus on factors within their control as they strive for a remarkable Premier League survival bid.

Following Saturday’s uplifting victory at Luton Town, optimism has surged within the team. The Blades secured their first away league triumph of the season with a resounding 3-1 win over the Hatters, narrowing the gap between themselves and fourth-bottom Luton to a manageable seven points, with 14 games remaining.

Although the challenge ahead remains daunting, it appears less insurmountable than just a week ago, when a disheartening 5-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa left even the most optimistic supporters contemplating a return to the Championship.

While relegation odds still loom large, the manner of their win at Luton, beyond merely securing three points, relieved many concerns about the squad’s character and attitude, instilling a sense of pride back into the football club.

Every team facing the threat of relegation will closely monitor the potential repercussions for Nottingham Forest and Everton following their recent violation of Premier League financial regulations.

Such sanctions could drastically and immediately alter the landscape at the bottom of the league table. However, instead of dwelling on the gap between themselves and safety or speculating about external outcomes, Wilder and his team will maintain a steadfast focus on their upcoming challenge against Brighton at home on Sunday afternoon.

“We just talk about the next game, ever since we came through the door. Not at all, no. You can affect what you can affect, which is the performance. Hopefully that performance gives you an opportunity to win a game of football,” Wilder said on SUTV. He later added, “make sure we don’t have too many days like we did last Saturday [against Villa] and make sure you have some more days like we did [against Luton].”

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