Sheffield United 0-2 Wolves: Premier League – as it happened

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Wolves scored twice in the first six minutes and soaked up everything Sheffield United could throw at them thereafter to win convincingly

Right then, I’m off. Fate and the fixture computer has dealt Sheffield United a relatively gentle opening set of fixtures – two of their next four league games are against newly-promoted teams (Wolves play the same two newly-promoted sides in their next four, weirdly. Leeds and Fulham, since you ask), and one of the others against Aston Villa – before a late-autumn Liverpool/Man City/Chelsea triple-header. They’ll need points on the board before then, you’d have thought. Bye!

Wolves deserved their victory for the finer moments of quality produced in their opening match of the new season, while Chris Wilder will have to wait until at least his 196th game as Sheffield United manager for his 100th victory. On the evidence of this dour display, he needs to inject creativity quickly or his team’s second season back in the top flight will be a struggle.

Sky have already turned their attention to events in Brighton, which Rob Smyth is reporting on here:

90+6 mins: And that’s yer lot! Wolves started brilliantly and won the game in the first few minutes, and thereafter threatened occasionally and defended excellently. Sky name Raul Jimenez the man of the match, and he did take his goal well, but I think any of several defenders could had got the nod instead.

90+5 mins: Lundstram crosses from the right, and Boly does excellently to track McBurnie’s run and clear at the near post.

90+5 mins: Saiss skies a clearance up into the Sheffield sky, but when it comes to earth nobody bothers to challenge Boly for it, so he heads clear.

90+2 mins: Off the line! Berge crosses from the right, McBurnie heads goalwards from level with the penalty spot, and Saiss heads it off the line with Rui Patricio a spectator!

90+1 mins: Marcal has been booked, and we are in stoppage time, of which there will be about five minutes. Wolves take their corner short, and swiftly work it all the way back to Coady, deep in his own half.

90 mins: Since moving into his more attacking role Traore has had an absolute trigger-first shoot-on-sight policy. Another effort gets deflected wide for another corner.

87 mins: United have lacked creativity and guile, but they’ve certainly attacked in numbers. Wolves have defended excellently against what could at times have been called an onslaught, with Boly and Coady both outstanding.

84 mins: Wolves hit the post! From the corner Joao Moutinho curls it in, Jimenez runs ahead of McBurnie to win it, but his header hits the outside of the near post.

83 mins: Traore goes on a run of his own, which ends with a shot that’s deflected wide, annoying Jimenez who was offering a passing option.

82 mins: Stevens goes on quite a nice run to bring the ball from defence to the halfway line, and after passing the ball has his hands on his knees for a while. I do wonder how many players consider themselves genuinely match-ready at the moment.

79 mins: Sharp has the ball in the net after a corner is headed around a bit, but it’s disallowed for a very gentle push from McGoldrick on Boly.

75 mins: Traore blasts a shot not very far over the bar from the edge of the area – that was only a foot or so away from nestling in the top corner. Wolves bring Ruben Neves on for Podence and the Blades bring Sander Berge on for Norwood.

72 mins: And another miss! This one is from Sheffield United, who tries to backheel goalwards as Baldock pulls the ball back to him, but somehow gets it over the bar!

70 mins: What a miss! And another miss! Norwood gives the ball away in midfield and Jimenez carries the ball to the edge of the area before passing left to Saiss. He has time to take a touch and pick his spot, but his shot is too close to Ramsdale, who palms it against the post! Then it rebounds straight to Jimenez, who doesn’t have time to do anything much and sidefoots just wide of an empty net!

70 mins: Buur has gone to right-back, freeing Traore to take up a more attacking position.

67 mins: Sharp gets free down the left again. This time his cross is decent, but Coady is well positioned and clears. Then it happens again just seconds later, this time a low cross from Sharp, and Coady turns behind.

63 mins: Saiss is back on his feet. Or foot, rather, as he hops off the pitch before putting his right boot back on.

61 mins: Saiss is down and receiving treatment, after Egan accidentally kicks his ankle as a corner comes into the box.

60 mins: United are well on top here, but still aren’t creating any chances. Meanwhile, these are the teams for tonight’s late game at Brighton:

Brighton: Ryan, White, Webster, Dunk, Lamptey, Lallana, Bissouma, Alzate, March, Maupay, Trossard. Subs: Stephens, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Steele, Burn, Veltman, Connolly.Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, James, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Kante, Havertz, Werner, Mount. Subs: Rudiger, Barkley, Abraham, Caballero, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta.Referee: Craig Pawson

58 mins: Sharp is played in to the left of goal, but his attempt to square to Lundstram is overhit and underaimed. They should have converted that chance into a goal.

57 mins: Fleck sends in a cross from the left, but Wolves have nine players inside the penalty area and one of them heads it clear.

53 mins: Wolves win a corner on the right, and Saiss wins the header again but sends the ball just beyond the far post!

51 mins: Fleck hits the post! Lundstram plays the ball back to him on the edge of the area, towards the left side, and he runs onto it and takes a touch before cracking a low shot across goal that smacks the meat of the far post before bouncing back out to Baldock, who also hits a low shot across goal, but his deflects wide!

48 mins: Egan is late to a challenge on Podence, a bit of a risk given his first-half booking, but Mike Dean gives him only a warning.

47 mins: Chance! It’s (inevitably) a long ball, a flick-on from McBurnie, and Stevens lashes over the bar from an acute angle before screaming out in frustration.

46 mins: Peeeeep! They’re off! And United instantly hump a long ball straight to Rui Patricio, depressingly.

I was wrong to say Jack O’Connell was marking turf as Wolves scored their first goal. In fact he couldn’t decide whether to close down Neto or stay with Jimenez, and ended up positioning himself roughly halfway between them. Then as the corner came in before the second Enda Stevens was marking the scorer, Saiss, only for O’Connell to foul him as the ball was in the air, giving him a hefty shove in the small of the back and a bit of an ankle-kick as well. Which given that they are on the same team seems a puzzling decision.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2020/sep/14/sheffield-united-v-wolves-premier-league-live

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