Blades gain first league win of season


Billy Sharp’s penalty was only the ninth goal Sheffield United had scored in 18 Premier League matches this season

Sheffield United finally gained their first Premier League win of the season in their 18th game as they beat 10-man Newcastle United at Bramall Lane.

Newcastle’s Ryan Fraser was sent off late on in the first half after he picked up two bookings in a three-minute spell following fouls on John Fleck and David McGoldrick.

With a little over 15 minutes remaining the Blades were awarded a penalty when Federico Fernandez handled the ball, with the decision given after referee Andy Madley checked the incident on a video screen.

Substitute Billy Sharp sent goalkeeper Karl Darlow the wrong way from the spot for what proved the only goal of the game.

Rhian Brewster nearly added a second for the hosts late on but his deflected strike from 20 yards hit the foot of the post.

The victory ended a club record run of 20 league matches without a win since the Blades beat Chelsea 3-0 on 11 July, before ending the 2019-20 season with three successive defeats.

Their start to this campaign – no wins, two draws and 15 losses – was the worst in Premier League history.

The Blades remain bottom of the table but are now on five points, three behind 19th-placed West Brom and nine adrift of Brighton in 17th, having played a game more than both.

Meanwhile, Newcastle, who have now gone eight games without a win in all competitions, remain 15th, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

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Sheffield United

  1. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

  2. Squad number6Player nameBasham

  3. Squad number12Player nameEgan

  4. Squad number22Player nameAmpadu

  5. Squad number20Player nameBogle

  6. Squad number7Player nameLundstram

  7. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

  8. Squad number4Player nameFleck

  9. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

  10. Squad number17Player nameMcGoldrick

  11. Squad number14Player nameBurke

  1. Squad number10Player nameSharp

  2. Squad number15Player nameJagielka

  3. Squad number24Player nameBrewster

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number26Player nameDarlow

  2. Squad number22Player nameYedlin

  3. Squad number18Player nameFernández

  4. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  5. Squad number2Player nameClark

  6. Squad number3Player nameDummett

  7. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

  8. Squad number14Player nameHayden

  9. Squad number16Player nameHendrick

  10. Squad number21Player nameFraser

  11. Squad number13Player nameWilson

  1. Squad number7Player nameCarroll

  2. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  3. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 6BashamSubstituted forBrewsterat 51′minutes
  • 12Egan
  • 22Ampadu
  • 20Bogle
  • 7Lundstram
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 23Osborn
  • 17McGoldrickBooked at 90minsSubstituted forJagielkaat 90+4′minutes
  • 14BurkeSubstituted forSharpat 59′minutesBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 10Sharp
  • 11Mousset
  • 13Lowe
  • 15Jagielka
  • 18Foderingham
  • 24Brewster
  • 29Bryan

Newcastle

Formation 5-4-1

  • 26DarlowBooked at 69mins
  • 22YedlinSubstituted forMurphyat 84′minutes
  • 18FernándezSubstituted forCarrollat 77′minutes
  • 5SchärBooked at 86mins
  • 2Clark
  • 3DummettSubstituted forRitchieat 74′minutes
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 14HaydenBooked at 90mins
  • 16Hendrick
  • 21FraserBooked at 45mins
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Dubravka
  • 4M Longstaff
  • 7Carroll
  • 9Joelinton
  • 11Ritchie
  • 12Gayle
  • 23Murphy
  • 24Almirón
  • 57Anderson

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