Sheffield United's Chris Wilder puts aside past differences to praise Norwich City

Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Sheffield United at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on April 10,...

There is no love lost between the Sheffield United manager and those associated with Norwich City.

Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Sheffield United at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on April 10,...

The Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has put aside past differences to praise Norwich City.

At one stage, it appeared as though United were catching up with Norwich at the top of the Championship table, but the gap now stands at seven points in the Canaries' favour heading into the season's final four fixtures.

And although the Blades aren't out of the title race yet their main goal now is to get back ahead of Leeds United, who are three points ahead of them in second. 

There is no love lost between Wilder and those associated with Norwich - a relationship that soured when the Sheffield United boss complained about City's late arrival to, and subsequent time-wasting during last season's encounter at Bramall Lane.

 

But speaking to Alan Brazil on Talksport earlier (Thursday), the 51-year-old said: "I've got to say Norwich have been unbelievable this year, to win eight games on the spin, at any stage of the season, but at this stage of the season to do that.

"And then you look at their next two fixtures, Reading at home and Wigan away, and you just think they're going to wrap it up. And then all of a sudden they pick up two points from those two games.

"So sometimes getting over the finishing line is possibly not the easiest thing. It's there and it's coming towards you but it sometimes feels a million miles away.

"So the pressure's off us a little bit and we've not possibly played our most free-flowing of football over the last sort of two or three weeks but I think that's understandable because of the prize on offer, for players individually, collectively and football clubs as well.

A Sheffield United fan looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Brentford at Bramall Lane on March 12, 2019 in Sheffield, England.

"Whether it's players or supporters, they're bound to tighten up a touch and it's impossible to take that out."

Sheffield United are again hoping that their rivals, Sheffield Wednesday, can do them a favour by beating Norwich on Friday.

Wednesday suffered a 1-0 defeat at Leeds last time out, but drew with the Blades back in March.

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