Sheffield United breakthrough for first win of Premier League season


Last-placed Sheffield United have ended the longest winless run to start a Premier League season by beating 10-man Newcastle United 1-0.

Substitute Billy Sharp netted the game's only goal from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute.

The hosts finally collected a victory - in their 18th game of the campaign - after a mental lapse from Newcastle captain Federico Fernandez, who swotted the ball away with his hand as he battled for the ball with Sharp in the area.

Sharp, who had entered the game in the 59th minute, sent goalkeeper Karl Darlow the wrong way from 12 yards for only his team's ninth goal of the season.

With Newcastle already a man down after the 45th-minute sending-off of winger Ryan Fraser, The Blades had no problems seeing out the win at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United's previous victory in the league was more than six months ago, a 3-0 win against Chelsea on July 11, though they did win in the FA Cup on Saturday against third-tier Bristol Rovers.

Sheffield United are on five points, leaving Chris Wilder's team nine from safety approaching the half-way point of the season.

Newcastle was an obliging opponent to end a winless streak, with the visitors over-run even before Fraser was sent off for collecting a second yellow card - three minutes after his first - for a late tackle on David McGoldrick.

The only nervous moment for the hosts came in the sixth and final minute of stoppage time when wing-back Jayden Bogle headed a back-pass past his goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale, and only narrowly past the post.

In Tuesday's evening's late games, Manchester United will go top if they avoid defeat at Burnley while Wolverhampton Wanderers face Everton.

Source AAP