Sheffield United: Paul Heckingbottom praised for turning Blades season around Yorkshire News

That’s the verdict of in-form goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, with Heckingbottom transforming the mood and mindset of a group of players whose season was going nowhere at the end of November.

When Heckingbottom took over following Slavisa Jokanovic’s departure, the Blades were in 16th place, as close to the relegation zone as they were to the top six in the Championship. Now, they are seventh.

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Foderingham, who saved a penalty against Nottingham Forest last Friday to continue his excellent recent form, said: “He deserves a lot of credit. We had little confidence and the season was over.

GOOD TIMES: Sheffield United goalkeeper Wes Foderingham celebrates with manager Paul Heckingbottom Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

“He has entered and has changed the mentality in the group. They have all worked harder and shown a little more respect for their craft, making sure they are giving 100 per cent to this football club. Hopefully, we can keep up the good form.

“He (Heckingbottom) did a fantastic job last season, we know from that experience what it’s all about and he knows what we’re all about too.

“It was a little easier for us and for the coach as well. It’s a good fit, the form has improved.”

Foderingham is facing the manager who brought him to Bramall Lane in Wilder tonight.

HAPPY DAYS: Sheffield United goalkeeper Wes Foderingham Photo: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Despite playing just once during Wilder’s time at the club having signed in the summer of 2020, the former Rangers custodian admits he enjoyed working with the Yorkshireman during his time at the club.

He continued: “I would have liked an opportunity, but it didn’t. But he was always good to me and I enjoyed my time working with him.

“He has been one of the best managers at this club and it is not surprising to see him do well at Boro.

“I don’t think you can blame Rammers (Aaron Ramsdale) for how we played last season.

“I think there was a chance for me to get in? Maybe. He was coming off a long break at the start of the season but was turned around by Rammers at the end of the season, which saw him break into the England squad and move to Arsenal. So he didn’t do too bad!

“We know that he (Wilder) will be desperate for the three points and so will we. I don’t want to sound cliché, but it’s another game and another chance to get the three points. We know the coach well, but the focus is on the game”.

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