Sheffield United 1 Newcastle United 0 LIVE: Chris Wilder reaction as Blades earn first three points of the season

Sheffield United will look to build on Saturday’s FA Cup win at Bristol Rovers when they return to Premier League action this evening.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 9:04 pm

Newcastle United are the visitors to Bramall Lane, with the Blades still searching for their first win of the Premier League season.

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Billy Sharp of Sheffield United battles for possession as the ball hits the arm of Federico Fernandez of Newcastle United leading to a penalty during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Sheffield United 1 Newcastle United 0

Last updated: Tuesday, 12 January, 2021, 21:12

  • Chris Wilder makes one change from last weekend’s cup win, with Oli Burke replacing Lys Mousset
  • United can only name seven substitutes on the bench
  • Blades: Ramsdale, Fleck, Basham, Lundstram, Egan, Burke, Norwood, McGoldrick, Bogle, Ampadu, Osborn. Subs: Sharp, Mousset, Lowe, Jagielka, Foderingham, Brewster, Bryan.
  • Ryan Fraser saw red late in the first half after picking up two bookings
  • Billy Sharp put United in front via a penalty

What Steve Bruce thought of today’s game...

The Blades boss told  Sky Sports: "Delighted, I just want to get home to the wife. It has been a long time coming for a lot of people in this football club, far too long. I am delighted for the players and the supporters.

"Down to 10 men and the penalty made it easier but I would be disappointed if that took away from a decent performance.

"I have said all along, we have been competitive in 90 per cent of the games. We have to accept the results have not been good enough. A little bit of belief in the players from a win in the FA Cup and backed up today.

"It only means something if we build on it. We have to move on from this. Still a long way to go and a load of points behind. The season isn't done in January. We have a big task and a huge challenge but, if we keep playing like that, then we can make it interesting."

Wilder: We’re not throwing the towel in

I'll maybe have a glass tonight but we're in tomorrow. I'm not being doom and gloom but it's not been an enjoyable time for players supporters or staff. So it's back to work tomorrow and move on because we can't waste this opportunity. We've still got an incredible challenge ahead of us but no-one's throwing the towel in. It wasn't a white flag performance, we had desire to go and win a game and had no little quality, either.

No rest for the Blades after victory

I'm a down to earth manager and we're back in tomorrow looking for Sunday. We've been competitive but the obvious fact is that we've not won for a long, long time and that's always the thing that everyone looks at. And most importantly, so do I.

Wilder: It wasn’t a lucky performance

You can't feel sorry for yourself but there's a couple of times there's been a tap in on and it's gone between players. I don't think it was a lucky performance, I think it was a solid one and although winning at Bristol Rovers might not look a spectacular result, they used that to take into this. And now the key is to take it forward.

Chris Wilder is here for his post-match press conference...

Here’s his reaction to the win

I thought the performance was really good. I know the sending off will be talked about and the penalty, but I felt it was coming. We set the game up in the first half and looked as if we had an identity. I talked to the players about it, that slipped becase of the results but that was us, the handbrake off and going for it in and out of possession. I was delighted with the performance and it is a big result because of the length of time we've not had one for.

 

Reaction from Chris Wilder and Steve Bruce and anyone else we can get our hands on, coming up here 

Sheffield United have won!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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McGoldrick OFF

Jagielka ON

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