The language was industrial, but entirely accurate as Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder warned it will take several more “big b——” performances for his team to win promotion.
This is Wilder, direct and to the point. Yorkshire through and through. He knew his side had been out-played by Leeds, but the result, secured with their only shot on target by Chris Basham, was all that mattered.
Sheffield United were in League One two years ago when Wilder, a Blades fan and a former player, took over and they are now seven games away from a return to the Premier League.
Their 1-0 win over Leeds, which saw them move above their Yorkshire rivals, summed them up. Resolute, dogged and ruthless when they need to be. They have not conceded a goal for seven games and although Leeds should have ended that run given the number of chances they created, this was a brilliant result for the visitors.
“Going second is a big boost,” said Wilder, whose reputation, built in the lower leagues with Northampton Town is soaring.