It was an unpleasant return for Chris Wilder as Sheffield United produced one of the high-scoring football results of the midweek action in the Championship. Sanden Berge opened the scoring in the 23rd minute before Billy Sharp doubled their advantage in the 25th minute. Wilder received a standing ovation from the supporters of his old club on his return. Florian Balogun scored a consolation goal but goals from Jack Robinson and Morgan Gibbs-White in the second half sealed the three points.

Managers Reaction 

Sheffield United’s Paul Heckingbottom: “Too many reasons to go through why it was good. Lots of work goes into performances and it was one of those where it comes off for you and things go your way. We’ve had some good results and tried to improve things and push things on and enjoy what you watch. The application and energy and willingness you have to praise again. We all want to get as high as we can. As the season progresses, results might become more significant and we have beaten teams above us.”

Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “We didn’t deserve anything from the game. Miles is better than us in every department and I must say I didn’t see that coming. You get a feel for what your team is about and where they are at but I have to say that I never saw that coming. Sharp and Gibbs-White destroyed our three. Their two forwards had too much movement and too much energy and their midfielders won that department.”

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