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Friday 22 November 2019

Lundstram on target as Blades win

Sheffield United 1  Crystal Palace 0

TWO HAPPY: Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder celebrates with Ireland’s Callum Robinson. Pic: Reuters
TWO HAPPY: Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder celebrates with Ireland’s Callum Robinson. Pic: Reuters

John Lundstram's second-half goal earned Sheffield United victory over Crystal Palace yesterday in the first Premier League game at Bramall Lane for 12 years.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson recalled Wilfried Zaha after starting him on the bench for last week's 0-0 draw against Everton, while Chris Wilder started with the same side that drew 1-1 against Bournemouth.

Zaha, who's been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park before the European transfer window closes on Sept 2, was kept under control by the United defence as Palace struggled to create scoring opportunities.

David McGoldrick missed a great chance to put the Blades ahead just before half-time, but midfielder Lundstram (25) made no mistake early in the second period, lashing the ball home after it was steered into his path by Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. The strike means he's now scored a goal in all four England divisions.

Palace had plenty of possession, but the Sheffield rearguard dealt comfortably with their attacks as they sealed a first win of the season.

The Blades host Leicester on Saturday while Palace, who have yet to score in the league, face a tough trip to Manchester United.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder said: "We wanted a special atmosphere and we certainly got that and the players rose to the occasion. We have got that enthusiasm, if anyone comes here they have to do a lot of good things to get a result but I thought we were good and we nicked a tight game.

''It was a great effort from everybody to gain the three points.

"We have to play quicker and be a bit more streetwise, but the players got up to the speed of the game.

"The players have given me two honest performances from two games. We are underdogs and we do have to have that siege mentality."

 

 

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