Chris Wilder insists his Sheffield United players are ‘hurt’ and ‘NOT toilet-bag footballers’ after bringing 18-game winless streak to an end with FA Cup triumph over Bristol Rovers
- Chris Wilder’s says the ‘toilet-bag’ slur doesn’t apply to Sheffield United players
- The Blades earned their first win bonus since July after downing Bristol Rovers
- And Wilder has insisted his players are ‘hurt’ by their Premier League struggles
Sheffield United’s players have been called a lot of things in recent days, weeks and months but have apparently escaped the biggest insult of all – to be labelled toilet-bag footballers.
Fortunately, plain-speaking boss Chris Wilder says that the slur – describing the stereotypical pampered Premier League star with his Gucci washbag – doesn’t apply to his men.
They may still be propping up the Premier League table but United’s players can look forward to their first win bonus since July after seeing off Bristol Rovers.
Manager Chris Wilder has insisted his Sheffield United players are not ‘toilet-bag footballers’
‘They care, they hurt, they’re not toilet-bag footballers,’ Wilder said.
‘I look into their eyes and nobody’s enjoyed it, not me, the coaching staff, the players and most importantly the supporters. I know they care and hopefully this lifts off them a little bit with a win, because this wasn’t a straightforward game with the injuries we’ve had and the form we’ve been in.
‘Outside our changing room, it was possibly deemed as a game that would go against us. I’m not being critical of that because I understand that – it goes with the territory when you don’t win games of football.’
Jayden Bogle netted the winner as the Blades downed Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup third round
The Blades ended an 18-game winless streak against League One opposition who fought back twice, before Jayden Bogle had the final word.
The question now is whether the FA Cup can give the Blades the impetus urgently required in the Premier League.
Next up are matches against Newcastle and Tottenham. Washbags are banned.
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