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Wilder defiant as Newcastle hold Sheffield United’s fate in Premier League.

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Sheffield United face Newcastle United at St James’ Park this afternoon with their Premier League fate hanging by a thread.

Chris Wilder has released a bold statement before of his team’s encounter with Newcastle United at St James’ Park. A defeat for the Blades today will cement their relegation from the Premier League, whilst a draw would only allow them to match Nottingham Forest’s current points total of 26 – with a 41-goal gap that essentially, but not mathematically, relegates them.

The Blades have had a difficult season, but Wilder feels that his squad will go out and give a good performance for their travelling fans. He stated, “We are aware that we have had a horrible season, which is obvious to everyone. We’ve had to accept the narrative, the words, and the criticism. But, as I previously stated, it will not stay forever; we will learn, we are constantly learning, and I am learning as a manager at my ripe old age and with a thousand games under my belt.

“I’m not sitting here thinking everything is perfect, but I am sitting here with a lot of hope for the future, the future of the football club.” It’s a horrible season, but it’s not a bad football club. We’ve been in considerably worse positions as a football club, certainly during my tenure as a spectator, player, and manager.

“We will come again if the inevitable does happen at the weekend and we will try our best, as we always did and as we did on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, to get a result for our club, for our supporters, who were yet again magnificent, and we will go right to the end, whatever the situation is, whatever team we pick and whoever we are playing against.”

Newcastle United’s bid to qualify for European football next season will see them face Sheffield United this weekend before travelling to Turf Moor to face Burnley, giving the Magpies a significant say in the battle for survival. Newcastle secured Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the 2021/22 season, after beginning the season with 14 games without a win, which finished against the Clarets in December.
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