Date: 1st September 2018 at 6:04pm
Written by:
Sheffield United
4 – 1
Aston Villa

Bramall Lane

Championship

1/09/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 26030

Referee: Linington

Sheffield United Aston Villa
O'Connell (6), Duffy (23), Norwood (41), Sharp (49) El Ghazi (61)
Henderson Nyland
Basham
 
Tuanzebe 63
Egan Chester
O'Connell Jedinak
Freeman Hutton 77
Norwood Elmohamady
Fleck 63 Whelan
Stevens McGinn 76
Duffy 72 El Ghazi
McGoldrick Grealish
 
Sharp 81 Kodjia

Substitutes

Lundstram 63 Taylor 77
Woodburn Lansbury
Coutts Hourihane 63
Stearman Bree
Lafferty 72 Bjarnason
Moore Moreira
Washington 81 Hepburn-Murphy 76

Game Statistics

9 Goal attempts 9
6 On Target 2
9 Corners 1
18 Fouls 12
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
40 % 60

With the Steve Bruce debate continuing to split the fan base, the early season excitement had been tempered by our latest draws in the Championship but EFL Cup exit to Burton Albion didn’t help things. Today’s heavy defeat to Sheffield United was the last thing we needed.

Heading to Bramall Lane for the game, we were 3-0 down before the halftime whistle was even blown and after a pathetic first half performance, Bruce opted against making a statement and introducing some substitutes. That backfired as Billy Sharp added a fourth four minutes after the restart.

Having just seen the goals, meh – it was simple for them and the defending was shocking.

The only bright point was summer signing Anwar El Ghazi opening up his goalscoring account after his assist in the previous game but it was the quintessential consolation strike on the day.

With the Blades hitting the woodwork and having two goals ruled out by the offside flag, the day could’ve been a lot worse for us, and we are now without a win in five matches.

Let’s see how we panic and approach the free agent market!

 

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