SHEFFIELD United boss Chris Wilder was frustrated that the Blades failed to put the game to bed during the first half against Saints, bemoaning the fact “they’ve punished us and we’ve not punished them”.

John Lundstram opened the scoring for the visitors before the break but they succumbed to a Che Adams brace and a Danny Ings penalty in the second half.

But the United boss is keeping things in perspective at St Mary’s having led his promoted side to ninth place and 54 points.

“Knowing what the Premier League’s about and knowing it’s possibly not only the strongest division in Europe but possibly the world and we’ve finished ninth ahead of some giant football clubs that have been in and around the Premier League for years and invested (money for) years,” Wilder said.

“We’ve come in and I’m proud of the way we’ve approached it and we’ve attacked it.

“I think we’ve represented the football club in a brilliant fashion.

“I don’t think we can be too critical of what’s happened.

“It feels a really long season, obviously it felt that way for a few of the players.

“They gave me everything against Everton and they gave me everything today [Sunday].

“We’re just short and we need to improve if we want to move forward or definitely compete in this division because everybody else will and that’s the key.

“Players go away feeling the disappointment inside them and come back hopefully hungry for more and having to all up our game as well.”