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Friday 6 December 2019

Wilder backs McGoldrick to break duck

David McGoldrick of Sheffield United. Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images
David McGoldrick of Sheffield United. Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has reassured David McGoldrick of his importance to the team after admitting the forward is disappointed to still be searching for his first Premier League goal.

McGoldrick missed a handful of chances on Sunday as the Blades maintained their unbeaten away record with a 1-1 draw at Wolves.

The best opportunity the Republic of Ireland international had came following Lys Mousset's opener, firing the ball straight at Rui Patricio when through on goal, before Matt Doherty punished that miss with Wolves' equaliser.

McGoldrick will head into Thursday's home game against Newcastle without a club goal since April, but Wilder insists the 32-year-old contributes much more than just goals.

"I had five minutes with David in the dressing room, away from everyone else, and told him how key he is for us," said the Blades boss.

"We play better with David in the team and the partnership between him and Lys is very important for us at this moment in time. Make no mistake about that.

"When David came off, because of a change we wanted to make, I didn't hear anyone in our crowd sounding pleased. In fact, they were chanting and singing his name all the way through."

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