Sheffield United may have underestimated Leicester City because of their injury woes, Blades boss Chris Wilder said. City had Ben Chilwell, James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Marc Albrighton, Christian Fuchs all out with injury, while Caglar Soyuncu was suspended, but Brendan Rodgers’ men were dominant in their 2-0 victory on Thursday night. Wilder was at a loss to explain his side’s lacklustre performance and mused that they may have looked at a weakened City as easy pickings.
Chris Wilder said “It was not the result, nor the performance we wanted, We were way off it from the first minute to the 94th, every aspect of the game we were second best and we deservedly got beaten. I’m delighted to walk out of this ground being beaten only 2-0, because that could have been four or five if it wasn’t for the goalkeeper. Their fight was better than ours, and that was the most frustrating aspect. I understand they’re at a completely different level to us as a football club, because they are, but can we make it competitive? Can we cause them problems? But we didn’t. They were brighter than us, they were sharper than us in thought and actions. The players looked as if what we’ve done over the past three or four games would get us a decent result. They may have thought that because Chilwell and Maddison and a few others weren’t playing, that it might be a bit easier but it can’t be because they’ve still got some great performers. I’d hate to think we had that mindset but these are the things that are running through my head in trying to work out why we were so passive in our performance. It would have been the biggest smash and grab I’ve been involved in for a long, long time if we’d have got something out of the game. The right result happened here. We were totally dominated, out-battled and out-thought.”