Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder hailed Wigan Athletic’s bold approach to Saturday’s clash at Bramall Lane, and claimed his side’s 4-2 win was somewhat undeserved.
The Blades went back to the top of the Championship thanks largely to a hat-trick from skipper Billy Sharp, with Chey Dunkley also putting through his own net.
Latics notched through substitutes Kal Naismith and Joe Garner - their first goals for the club - and Wilder thought Paul Cook’s men were unfortunate to leave with nothing.
“It’s the old performance over points scenario,” acknowledged Wilder.
“For me, from a footballing point of view, I thought we took our goals very very well.
“But you never turn down three points, especially at the top of the Championship, so we’ll gladly take that.
“Next time out we’ll need to do a little bit better than that.
“Give credit to the opposition though - they came and here and gave it a go, because not many teams do.
“I thought they were the better team in the first half, and I thought we were fortunate to go into half-time up. We were better second half.
“Maybe we didn’t deserve to win the game. It never felt as though we were in control, we were a bit slack.
“From a defensive point of view, the goals they’ve scored aren’t great.”