"Men against boys" - Billy Sharp slams Sheffield United's "unacceptable" performance in 5-0 defeat to Leicester

Billy Sharp, the Sheffield United skipper, admitted his side’s performance was “unacceptable” as they were battered 5-0 by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 5:02 pm
Billy Sharp and George Baldock react after defeat at Leicester - Darren Staples/Sportimage

Less than 24 hours after the departure of their talismanic boss Chris Wilder was confirmed, the Blades were put to the sword by the Foxes mainly thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s hat-trick, while Ayoze Perez struck from outside the box before Ethan Ampadu scored an own goal.

It was a difficult start for temporary boss Paul Heckingbottom, installed after Wilder’s departure and assisted by Alan Knill and former Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall, who had a watching brief at the King Power Stadium before joining officially tomorrow.

And Sharp said: "Very disappointed. Unacceptable performance. No excuses. Embarrassing performance from every single one of us. Very poor.

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"We built something really, really good. We have become poor this season. That result sums us up at the minute. That was unacceptable. The gulf between them and us was men against boys.”