No blame for Phil Jagielka after his own goal proves decisive in Sheffield United's defeat at Leeds United

Paul Heckingbottom attached no blame to Phil Jagielka for the own goal that ultimately proved decisive in Leeds United’s 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 6:14 pm

The veteran defender, who attended his older brother Steve’s funeral earlier this week, kept his place at the heart of United’s defence for the trip to Elland Road and was unfortunate to put through his own net as he attempted to cut out Jack Harrison’s cross.

United had earlier got back on level terms through Ben Osborn, after Harrison touched home the opener from a few yards out, and Heckingbottom was left to bemoan a lack of quality from his side as they suffered yet another defeat this season.

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But, of Leeds’ winning goal, Heckingbottom said: “You’ve got to try and get something on the ball.

"Unluckily for us it went the wrong side of the post, but you’ve got to go for the ball in that situation.”

Defeat for United was their 24th in a pretty miserable Premier League season so far, but they had their moments against Leeds and got back into it when the impressive John Fleck drove forward and Osborn finished after Oli McBurnie’s shot was deflected into his path.

Phil Jagielka of Sheffield United reacts after scoring an own goal at Elland Road (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsdale kept United in it with a string of fine saves, the pick of which came from Harrison when he was sent clear one-on-one, but United were given two more injury worries when both George Baldock and Jayden Bogle, their only senior right-backs, were withdrawn after being assessed for concussion by United’s medical staff.