SHEFFIELD United boss Chris Wilder described Gary Madine’s match-winning performance as “outstanding” but took a side-swipe at Wanderers’ tactics at Bramall Lane.

The Blades boss was disappointed with his side’s defending as Madine finished off a flowing move involving Adam Le Fondre and Antonee Robinson on the left.

Phil Parkinson had switched to a 3-5-2 formation to match up his opponents, who seemed to be caught on the hop early in the game with ex-Wanderer Chris Basham struggling at right wing-back.

Wilder substituted defender Cameron Carter-Vickers 10 minutes after the goal, bringing Basham back into the centre of defence. But he insisted there had been “nothing tactical” about the way Wanderers took the lead.

“It was a smash and grab,” he said. “They started the second half better than us, turned it into a game they wanted it to be.

“Their manager before said he knew how we played, we know how they play – whack it towards Madine and then get on the ball and get it in the box – it was two contrasting styles.

“There was nothing tactical about their goal. If there was it would have happened four, five or six times but it didn’t, it only happened once because we defended very poorly out wide.

“After that we dominated from box to box but couldn’t find that quality which I think would have gone on and won us the game. Credit to them, they defended, whacked it to the best player in the game – Gary Madine. Even though he’s come in for criticism I thought he was outstanding.”