No beers for winning Blades, says beaming Wilder

Soccer Football - Premier League - Sheffield United v Aston Villa - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, Britain - March 3, 2021 Sheffield United's Aaron Ramsdale in action with Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins Pool via REUTERS/Tim Goode

SHEFFIELD, England (Reuters) - Sheffield United's players won't be able to celebrate their 1-0 victory over Aston Villa with 10 men on Wednesday as they have another Premier League game on Saturday, so their manager Chris Wilder plans to drink their celebratory beers instead.

The bottom-of-the-table Blades secured their fourth win of the season despite losing defender Phil Jagielka to a red card in the 57th minute, with striker David McGoldrick getting the goal.

"I just said to the players, I'll celebrate for them tonight. They have another big game on Saturday -- all the beers they might have drunk tonight, I'll do that in place of them. I'll give it a good go," Wilder told BT Sport.

"It's everything you want out of a performance. We've defended at times poorly this year and been architects of our own downfall, but you saw some top-drawer defending their tonight late on," he added.

Wilder praised his team, saying they never lacked character despite a poor season that has left them rooted to the bottom of the table and favourites to go down.

"There's always been that (character), it's quite easy to criticise my team when the results don't go for you," Wilder said, adding that injuries, mistakes and a lack of consistency in team selection had not helped their cause.

Villa manager Dean Smith was disappointed with his team's attacking effort.

"When they went down to 10 men they threw their bodies on the line, and the quality was probably the difference, but we should have won that game comfortably," he said.

"We've given a really sloppy goal away. That's their only effort really that I can remember Emi (keeper Emiliano Martinez) being in trouble with," Smith added.

Sheffield United host Southampton on Saturday and Villa play Wolverhampton Wanderers.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond)

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