Paul Heckingbottom felt Sheffield United's 1-0 defeat at Wolves summed up their relegation season

Paul Heckingbottom felt that Sheffield United’s 1-0 defeat at Wolves summed up their season so far after their relegation from the Premier League was officially confirmed.

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 10:49 pm
Ollie Norwood reacts after relegation was confirmed (Photo by Geoff Caddick - Pool/Getty Images)

Despite a much-improved display at Molineux United, who needed to win to stave off a return to the Championship for another week at least, went down to Willian Jose’s second-half winner to suffer their 26th defeat in 32 games so far.

But the fact that it arrived about 20 seconds after United spurned a gilt-edged chance, which fell to Enda Stevens, typified the way that the Blades have been on the wrong end of fine margins so many times this season.

“It’s about results. No-one can fault their efforts and I think we should have had something out of the game,” Heckingbottom said.

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“It typifies our season to be honest, the way that game’s gone.

“We gave Wolves their best two chances and we got in too many positions to not produce more efforts on goal.

“We were on top, everyone could see that, and created our first clear-cut moment. Twenty seconds, the ball is in the back of our net and that’s the moment that probably typified the season.

“It’s not luck after 32 games and if you’re going to pick a game to typify the season, that would be it.”

Stevens later forced a fine save from Rui Patricio, from a stinging shot on his right foot, while the Portuguese kept out Ollie Norwood’s effort although Lys Mousset had strayed offside and the goal would not have counted anyway.