Wilder: Blades must master ‘dark arts’ in difficult second season

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists his players must quickly learn the “dark arts” to find their feet in their second season in the Premier League.

The Blades, who finished an impressive ninth last season after more than holding their own on returning to the top flight, are finding things far tougher second time around and are rooted to the bottom of the table and still without a win in eight games after a 4-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.

David McGoldrick flicked the Blades into an early lead but Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea are building their resolve – and hit back in style with Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner all on target.

“We were still in the game going up to 75 minutes, but then we got done on a block on the corner,” said Wilder.

“For my team it’s a right difficult situation. At times maybe I’m a bit naive and we’re not being good at the dark arts.

“It’s a real predicament that I’m in as a manager at the moment.

“That’s not decided the game because they were better than us, with world-class players that are playing at the top of the game.

“But there’s a block in the penalty area and then he scores with a header.

“We’re in the game at 2-1 and we’re out of it at 4-1. The players have to pick themselves up together, they’ve been shaken up a little. It’s been a tough run.

“I thought Chelsea were outstanding. What a job Frank Lampard’s done, in his second year.”

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