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Chris Wilder, delighted and relieved, said Sheffield United was worthy of their 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Tuesday night.
The Blades achieved their first victory of the Premier League season thanks to a controversial penalty.
Newcastle were down to ten men in the first half after Ryan Fraser received his second yellow card.
The hosts then earned a penalty after the VAR awarded Federico Fernández for driving in the area amid pressure from Billy Sharp.
Talking to BBC Sport After the game, Wilder explained how he felt after going 186 days without winning.
“I’ve been counting!” he said. “Every minute of every hour of every day! It feels good, I’m delighted.
“We should have had more results, we know, but the performance was good.
“We play with the identity that has been our way of playing in recent years. I imagine that there will be talk of the sending off and the penalty, but in my opinion, we value the victory tonight ”.
The 53-year-old rejected claims that the victory was lucky.
“Everybody needs a little luck,” he added. But it was not a scandalous stroke of fortune. The performance was good, considering the position we are in.
“We have had a lot of tight matches and we will accept it. I was looking for my car keys and taking up another sport if we throw it away in the extra time …
“I could have a glass in my own bubble tonight.”
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A monkey on the back
Sheffield United he finally claimed his first three points of the league campaign in an entertaining match.
Both teams had their chances in the first half, and the hosts created them more often even before Fraser’s sending off.
Despite their dominance, they nearly lost it just as they died when Jayden Bogle’s chest ball into his goalkeeper nearly ended up in his own goal.
Fortunately for him, the ball was hooked just in time, meaning Sharp’s 100th goal for the club turned out to be crucial.
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