Wilder provided the cross for striker Nyle Blake to score the Stags’ goal in the 1-1 draw with York City this afternoon as he continues an excellent first season with the club.
The former Brighton & Hove Albion full-back believes that one of his strongest attributes – his high fitness levels – helped him to assist Blake for this afternoon’s goal.
“It was just a counter attack, I had the right-back in my pocket the whole game, and I was thinking that if we get away on the counter quickly that we would score. I had a good one two with Alistair [Smith] and it was finished really well.
“I think my ability to get up and down on the pitch [is one of my strengths] but also I think I’m very good at one versus one defending. I’m very strong in that position.”
After moving from soon-to-be Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion last summer, Wilder thinks that playing for Stags is helping him to prepare more thoroughly for playing adult football.
“I’d say there’s a lot of difference coming from playing category one [academy] football with Brighton but I do think it’s much better [at Mansfield].
“It’s a lot tougher; it prepares you for men’s football, and I think it’s just all round suited me better as a player.”
Whilst being practically an ever-present for academy manager John Dempster’s youth team this season, Wilder has also made a handful of appearances for Mike Whitlow’s under 21s.
One of those senior appearances was against a Grimsby Town side boasting more than 600 EFL appearances between them, and Wilder believes the experience is invaluable.
“It was a big step up coming from 17 [years old] to play against adults in men’s football, but I think it was a good experience for me and I think that I slotted in well into the team.”
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