Sheffield United vs Luton Town: What is Chris Wilder expecting from the tricky Boxing Day clash?

Both Sheffield United and Luton Town will be heading into this game on the back of a positive result at the weekend.

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By Karthik Raman | Dec 26, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Sheffield United host Luton Town in what will be an intriguing Premier League contest for various reasons. Both teams will be heading into this game on the back of a positive result at the weekend. Sheffield did a fantastic job to salvage a draw away from home to an in-form Aston Villa side. Meanwhile, Luton Town defeated Newcastle United 1-0 to produce arguably the biggest shock of the weekend. Hence, both sides will fancy their chances in the upcoming game.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder spoke about the difficult challenge that awaits them in the eagerly-anticipated Boxing Day fixture. “It’s a great fixture, Boxing Day at home. Playing at Bramall Lane in front of 31,000-32,000 supporters, but it is still an incredibly difficult game which we have to get right. We understand the magnitude of the game, and that it is a team in and around us, and we understand we have to be at our best to get a result,” Wilder, quoted on the club’s website, said ahead of the important Premier League match against Luton Town.

Chris Wilder on Boxing Day clash

He added: “One of the things we have spoken about is the connection between the supporters and the players and how key that is for us to gain big results. We feel it wasn’t totally disconnected but there was a period when it wasn’t great, but the players have reset and the performances against Liverpool and Brentford at home have been together performances on the pitch and that has set the supporters off. It is up to the players to get the crowd going in terms of their approach to the game.”

The manager spoke about how the crowd can provide a big lift to the players with their support from the stands. “From our point of view when our home ground is full, noisy and when it is loud then they really do give the players a push and hopefully we can set them off again. We need to get the performance right. We go into the next game to try and get a performance and then a result, then it is rest, recovery, with little time to work on the training ground. We’ll have a look at the injuries as well. We’ve had some serious blows which we had to deal with leading up to Villa, so hopefully we can have a look and see where the players are in terms of selection, work, recover and go again,” he explained.

Not to mention that Wilder spoke glowingly about Luton Town and also touched on the visiting team’s skipper Tom Lockyer who is recovering after suffering a cardiac arrest in a recent match. “We fully respect Luton in terms of what they have done and their journey and the players they have got. They are a really together group. I went there with Watford last year and they ran over the top of Watford in every department,” he explained.

He added: “We understand their qualities, and know it has been difficult with Tom’s (Lockyer) situation. There’s a lot of connections with Alan (Knill) and Jack (Lester) working with Tom with Wales. He’s been their talisman and skipper, but there’s plenty of other players who have stepped up to the mark, and carried on the great work that Rob (Edwards) and everyone at that football club has done.”

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