Crystal Palace 2 Sheffield United 0 LIVE: Chris Wilder's reaction as Blades lose easily

Sheffield United’s pursuit of a first win of the Premier League season takes them to Selhurst Park this afternoon as they face Crystal Palace.

Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 5:01 pm

Follow every key moment from the capital in our live blog, including build-up and team news, live updates from the game and then post-match reaction from Chris Wilder.

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Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United reacts during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sheffield United at Selhurst Park on January 02, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by John Walton - Pool/Getty Images)

Palace 2 Blades 0 LIVE

Last updated: Saturday, 02 January, 2021, 17:55

  • Blades look for first win of season at Selhurst Park
  • NINE players miss out for United, wih Blades only able to name six subs
  • Antwoine Hackford, just 16, is on the bench
  • Jayden Bogle and Ollie Norwood start
  • Jeff Schlupp put Palace ahead early on
  • Eze doubled the lead on the stroke of half time

Wilder on nine absentees and if any of them will be back soon

I'd like to think so but we'll keep assessing them, there's some long-term ones in there and I won't disclose too much about that. To lose nine players at any level isn't going to give us the best opportunity to get a result, especially at this level. You're looking around scratching see what you can do off the bench and one of the bright spots is Antoine getting off the bench, he can be proud of his debut at 16 but not filling the bench is going to hurt us and it did. George didn't train on Thursday and I made the decision for Jayden to play. Some players have done OK and I thought it was the right time to play Jayden, George has had a tough season as we all have and I believe Jayden was ready to play.  

Wilder on Eze’s goal

It was naive from us, 1-0 down wouldn't have been the worst result for us at half time. We had plenty of the ball and created some half chances, knowing they have some great players at the top of the pitch who could hurt us. We should do so much better with the second goal, we didn't attempt to make contact or get bodies around him. 

It's a fabulous finish but then I'm looking at the fourth official counting down to half time, he said 'that's it' four or five times. He was never, ever going to blow his whistle when the boy picked it up. They never do. I'm clutching a little bit, but our naivety and poor play in not stopping that goal gave us a mountain to climb.

Chris Wilder’s post-match reaction

We're obviously disappointed with the stats we're being reminded of, and disappointed yet again. It's a harsh league when you're off the pace as we have been for a long time, so it's tough. There's no hiding place for me and the players. We had nine missing players which would have hurt us even in League One, where we were four and a half years ago. Both penalty boxes have decided the game and we weren't good enough in either.

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Full Time: Crystal Palace 2 Sheffield United 0

And that’s that. Barely a shot on goal for United, two poor goals given away, a lacklustre performance and another defeat.  

Reaction from Wilder to follow 

McGoldrick with a long range shot

Straight into the keeper’s arms. We’re into the final 30 seconds 

Four minutes of additional time

Just blow it up, ref 

We’re just seeing out time here, really

Palace are comfortable. United don’t look like doing anything remotely threatening

Antwoine Hackford comes on

for Ben Osborn. What were you doing when you were 16?

Townsend with an effort

…after United muck around with the ball in their own box. The Palace midfielder drags it wide

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