Sheffield United star's verdict should excite Blades fans after "dominant" victory over Blackburn

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Oliver Norwood hailed Sheffield United’s “dominant” display against former league leaders Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane, as the Blades took their place at the top of the formative Championship table.

Norwood put the Blades ahead with a stunning free-kick in the first half, before substitute Iliman Ndiaye came off the bench to grab the headlines with two goals to put the gloss on a dominant 3-0 victory.

If his first was fortunate, Sander Berge’s shot deflecting off his back and into the Rovers net, his second was sublime as he beat three men before finishing off the inside of a post on his weaker left foot.

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United had a number of chances to make the margin of victory even wider, with striker Oli McBurnie alone seeing three good chances saved or blocked by a combination of defender and goalkeeper, while substitute Rhian Brewster also saw a good late chance saved.

But victory was enough to send United to the top of the early table after drawing at Middlesbrough and beating Sunderland and Blackburn at home.

“The end of a great week,” Norwood said. “We were disappointed after Middlesbrough because we took the game to them, we bounced back on Wednesday night and then today.

Sheffield United players celebrate against Blackburn Rovers (George Wood/Getty Images)Sheffield United players celebrate against Blackburn Rovers (George Wood/Getty Images)
Sheffield United players celebrate against Blackburn Rovers (George Wood/Getty Images)

“I thought it was a real professional performance.

“The first half was probably as dominant a performance as you’ve seen from us in recent times. I think we were really good.

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“It’s always dangerous at 1-0, especially with the pace and power they had up front.

“They were sat in and trying to play on the counter and we needed that second goal to make it more comfortable.”

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