Chris Wilder comments show that Sheffield United will not be allowed to fall away

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United before the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Brentford at Bramall Lane on August 5, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

A promotion push still looks tough for Sheffield United, but they have the right man for the job in Chris Wilder.

Sheffield United fans celebrate after the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Barnsley at Bramall Lane on August 19, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Sheffield United supporters may have been celebrating long into the night on Friday, but manager Chris Wilder was not overly pleased.

The Blades moved to the top of the Championship with a 2-1 win at rivals Leeds United, with David Brooks netting a crucial late goal.

But Wilder felt his side were poor at Elland Road and used his post-match interview with Sky Sports to criticise his side.

"It's the best win, but it's not the best performance," he said. "I thought we were decidedly average."

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Norwich City at Bramall Lane on September 16, 2017 in Sheffield,...

He then added: "I wasn't too pleased with our performance. I thought it was one of our worst performances of the season."

The initial response was bafflement at Wilder's particularly harsh comments, but such a grounded outlook can only be seen as a positive after the newly promoted side took top spot.

While it would have been easy for the manager to hail his in-form team, his attention to detail and acknowledgement of a below-par performance will not allow standards to slip at Bramall Lane.

Billy Sharp of Sheffield United celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Barnsley at Bramall Lane on August 19, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

If Wilder is able to keep pushing United throughout the season - and continue to refuse to settle for "average" performances - they will remain in the promotion picture.

This criticism - after a big win - should be seen as a positive, not a negative.

As long as the manager keeps Sheffield United on their game, a favourable fixture list should ensure they take plenty more points back to Sheffield in the coming weeks.

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