Sheffield United full value for victory at Everton, insists boss Paul Heckingbottom

Paul Heckingbottom felt that his Sheffield United side were full value for their three points tonight as they beat Everton at Goodison Park for a rare victory in the Premier League this season.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 10:30 pm

United, who travelled to Merseyside on the back of successive defeats and 11 in their last 13 games, looked more like their old selves as they dominated the Europe-chasing hosts for large parts of the game.

Teenager Daniel Jebbison marked his full Premier League debut with the winning goal, and could have had a second but for a smart save from Jordan Pickford.

And Heckingbottom said: “I’m delighted. I thought we were good from start to finish and well worthy of the three points. We had some good chances, not a lot of chances, and defended very well.

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“We’ve had other good performances this season that have been undone with quality, but today we were very good and thoroughly deserved it. It was probably our best defensive display I’ve seen in a long time.

“All season they’ve put in performances that have been worthy of points, we deserved it today and it’s a good reward because it’s tough when you play well and don’t get points.”

On Jebbison, who justified the decision to play him ahead of United’s record signing Rhian Brewster, Heckingbottom added: “That’s where he’s scored his goals, in between the posts in the six yard box, so it’s credit to him.

“He deserved it, he worked hard and did his job without the ball which was important as well. We didn’t carry anyone tonight.”

Sheffield United interim manger Paul Heckingbottom (left) and player Oliver Norwood celebrate after the final whistle at Goodison Park: Gareth Copley/PA Wire.