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Sheffield United 2-1 Norwich City: Billy Sharp scores late winner

Sheffield United's Billy Sharp
Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp scored his second goal of the season for the Blades

Norwich are still searching for their first Championship win of the season after an injury-time winner from Billy Sharp gave Sheffield United all three points at Bramall Lane.

Chris Wilder's side took the lead inside the first 10 minutes when John Egan's back-post header looped over Tim Krul.

Jordan Rhodes' second in as many games drew the Canaries level, the Sheffield Wednesday loanee converting Onel Hernandez's cross from close range.

Daniel Farke's men almost clinched victory during a frantic second-half spell - Rhodes nodded a header against the post, Teemu Pukki chipped over from four yards and Mo Leitner was denied in a one-on-one with Dean Henderson - but Sharp's tap-in gave the Blades their second league victory of the season.

The hosts dominated the opening stages, but the first half grew scrappier and United missed a chance to restore their lead after Krul denied Leon Clarke from point-blank range.

The second half was an end-to-end contest - none of the past 17 league meetings between these two sides has ended in a draw - and the Blades repeatedly threatened from set-pieces as Egan and Ryan Leonard inched efforts over.

The visitors looked set to clinch a point as they weathered a late United storm, crowding out Clarke at the back post after Sharp's pass caught Krul out of position, but they could not prevent United's captain netting his second of the season.

That means Sheffield United have still not lost three consecutive home league matches under boss Wilder - they tasted defeat against Swansea on the opening day of this campaign and lost to Preston in their final home match of last season.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The players have shown exactly what they are all about. I know it's only after four games, but the proof is what they do out on the pitch.

"It's a deserved win against a good side. I would have been disappointed if we had drawn and devastated if we had lost because I thought the boys drove the game forward.

"We got ourselves together, we made positive changes and we went for it. I believe that is a fair result today.

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"We were close to winning the game in several periods of the game. A draw would have been a solid result, so to concede so late is tough to take.

"Our defending in general was not bad today. I think they were two equal teams, so for a neutral supporter I would say it was a really good game.

"My job is to lift the players but it's important to let them feel the pain and disappointment after a loss. We have to win more points, that's for sure."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 6BashamBooked at 90mins
  • 12Egan
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18FreemanSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 61'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 11WoodburnSubstituted forLeonardat 45'minutes
  • 10SharpSubstituted forStearmanat 90+5'minutes
  • 9Clarke

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 14Leonard
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 19Stearman
  • 24Lafferty
  • 25Moore
  • 30Lavery

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 7Marshall
  • 31Hanley
  • 15Klose
  • 12Lewis
  • 27TetteySubstituted forGodfreyat 90+2'minutes
  • 19TrybullBooked at 63mins
  • 10LeitnerSubstituted forStiepermannat 79'minutes
  • 22PukkiBooked at 35minsSubstituted forSrbenyat 87'minutes
  • 25Hernández
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 4Godfrey
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 34Thompson
  • 37Aarons
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
23,850

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Norwich City 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Richard Stearman replaces Billy Sharp.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Norwich City 1. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Leon Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Ben Godfrey replaces Alexander Tettey because of an injury.

Booking

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United).

Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Teemu Pukki.

Attempt missed. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Grant Hanley.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by John Egan.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United).

Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Fleck.

John Egan (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann replaces Moritz Leitner.

Attempt missed. John Egan (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jamal Lewis.

Attempt missed. Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Timm Klose.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp tries a through ball, but Enda Stevens is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City) hits the left post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Grant Hanley following a corner.

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Norwich City) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Fleck.

Attempt saved. Moritz Leitner (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough431082610
2Leeds33009279
3West Brom421113767
4Aston Villa32107437
5Bolton32105327
6Swansea32103127
7Nottm Forest41305416
8Sheff Utd420257-26
9Millwall31204315
10Blackburn31203215
11Brentford21106244
12Wigan31117704
13Preston31113304
14Derby310247-33
15Rotherham310227-53
16Ipswich302134-12
17Birmingham302123-12
18Stoke302146-22
19Bristol City302135-22
20Sheff Wed201134-11
21Norwich301268-21
22Hull301225-31
23Reading300314-30
24QPR3003210-80
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