LiveSheffield United 1 Fulham 1 LIVE: Chris Wilder reaction | Billy Sharp earns a point from the spot
It’s a bit early to be talking about must-win games and crucial clashes but there’s something about today’s match that feels very important.
Stay with us all day for all the latest from Bramall Lane as Sheffield United host Fulham.
Sheffield United v Fulham LIVE: Match updates from Bramall Lane
Last updated: Sunday, 18 October, 2020, 15:17
- Sheffield United United v Fulham (12pm)
- Rhian Brewster is in line for his Blades debut
- John Egan plays after his Covid contact scare, and captains the Blades
- Blades make three changes, with Norwood, Lowe and McBurnie starting
- Mitrovic missed a penalty for Fulham, via the crossbar
- Lookman put Fulham ahead with 13 minutes to go
- Billy Sharp equalised from the spot with five minutes to go
Max Lowe is concussed
Max has concussion, another desperately unlucky situation. We're getting tested at the minute, we could do without that because Max has been fabulous. I made the decision to stick one of Jayden and Max in, it would have been too much to make two in a game we wanted something from, and the first half proved correct. He got a nasty whack and had blurred vision.
The players looked a bit anxious second half. It's a tough sport, you're dealing with no mug sides and free hits. It has to come within, from a belief in their own ability and in what we do and the system we play to. It's natural to see what's happening after a difficult start for us, that's what sport's all about.
‘We lost control'
We lost control in the second half and made some poor decisions. One mistake led to another and allowed them back into the game. They took control and created the better chances. We rode our luck a little bit, with them missing the penalty and chances, and our penalty was well overdue with the decisions we've had this season.
Chris Wilder’s press conference
His reaction to the game
Mixed emotions, we were back to in and around where we think we can be in the first half. We created the better chances but lost control of the second half. They came into it more but to get a result at 1-0 down with 10 minutes to go, we'll take that at the moment.
Scott Parker’s reaction
Overall I'm a bit disappointed, when you get your nose in front with 10 minutes to go you want to see it out. We had some big chances to see it out at 2-0, but it wasn't meant to be. There were some real positives. There were elements we didn't like in the first half so we changed that and we looked a real threat in the second half. We caused Sheffield a lot of problems. Overall I'm disappointed, to be so close to three points and come away from one. But I think there were some positives to take away.
Wow. Where to start? A game that United dominated in the first half, but were indebted to Billy Sharp’s late penalty to earn them a first league point of the season.
Mitrovic gets up highest again
to get on the end of Cairney’s cross, but he diverts it past the other post this time - hopefully it’s just not his day today as we enter the final minute of the five added on here
FIVE minutes of added time
as Lookman’s shot is deflected behind for a corner for the visitors before Mitrovic gets on the end of Lookman’s cross, and somehow heads wide - what a chance to win the game that was
PENALTY for the Blades
after a VAR review by the referee, Mitrovic on Jack Robinson - Billy Sharp steps up to take it and SMASHES it home for 1-1! Game on now
in progress for a challenge on Robinson in the United area - will United get a penalty out of this? The ref has gone over to look at the screen… PENALTY GIVEN!
Great save Ramsdale
to get down to his left and tip Cairney’s shot round the post, it was creeping into the bottom corner but Ramsdale was equal to it
Here comes Billy
Sharp comes on to replace Basham, while Fulham bring on Lemina for Loftus-Cheek
as Mitrovic meets a left-wing cross and shoots first time, Ramsdale is equal to it as he palms it away from about eight yards out
and Lookman gets it, barrelling through the Blades defence before smashing a finish into the top corner of Ramsdale’s goal - he’s been the shining light for Fulham all day and he’s given his side the lead, with about 13 minutes of normal time to go. What a blow for the Blades
Clash of heads
between Anguissa and Brewster sees both on the deck, Brewster’s getting some attention from United’s medical staff - hopefully it’s not another PL debut curtailed early today after Lowe went off earlier - he’s back on his feet and walking off OK, so he should be fine to come back on