Suara.com – Sheffield United finally tasted victory in the Premier League this season after beating Newcastle United 1-0 in the 18th week match at Bramall Lane Stadium, Sheffield, England, Tuesday local time or Wednesday (13/1/2021) early morning WIB.
Billy Sharp’s penalty snatched Sheffield’s first win of the season, snapping a streak of winning streaks in the previous 20 games that had lasted since last season.
Despite winning, Sheffield still hasn’t moved from the top position of the standings with a collection of five points and still needs nine points to secure themselves from the relegation zone.
In contrast, Newcastle (19), who extended their poor record of non-wins to six games in a row, are still in 15th place and have a safe eight points from the red zone, according to the official Premier League website.
Chris Wilder’s side had a chance to open the scoring in the 12th minute but David McGoldrick still failed to beat goalkeeper Karl Darlow in one-on-one situations.
In the 28th minute, Newcastle threatens again with a Federico Fernandez cross but Callum Wilson’s header goes wide.
Sheffield created three more chances that had yet to come to fruition, but the most important first-half incident for them was Ryan Fraser’s two consecutive yellow cards forcing Newcastle half-time with only 10 players on the pitch.
The Blades had to wait until the 70th minute to take advantage of an 11-on-10 situation when Sharp brought down Fernandez in the area.
After nearly two minutes of consulting VAR and reviewing live replays, referee Andy Madley finally awarded the hosts a penalty.
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Sharp took on a straight 12 shot himself and calmly tricked Darlow to put Sheffield breaking the deadlock and taking the lead over Newcastle.
Sheffield continued to press and almost doubled the lead in the 84th minute but Rhian Brewster’s low shot still hit the post and the ball ended in Darlow’s arms.
In the sixth minute of injury time, Jayden Bogle almost saw his first win slip from Sheffield’s hands when he blundered a header towards keeper Aaron Ramsdale who had already left the net, lucky the ball ended on the outside of the net to seal Sheffield’s 1-0 win.
The first victory is clearly a positive provision for Sheffield who will host Tottenham Hotspur in the next match on Sunday (17/1), while Newcastle have only appeared a day ago at Arsenal’s home.
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