Sheffield United: Why Crystal Palace victory proved Blades 'belong' in Premier League, according to striker Callum Robinson

Callum Robinson, the Sheffield United forward, believes Sunday’s first Premier League victory of the season demonstrated that the Blades belong in the top-flight.

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 12:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 8:10 pm

The Republic of Ireland international joined United in the summer from Preston North End, in what was a club-record deal at the time, and started United’s first two Premier League games, away at AFC Bournemouth and at home to Crystal Palace.

After a credible draw at the Vitality Stadium, United got up and running with three points at home to Palace on Sunday thanks to John Lundstram’s second-half winner.

And, speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Leicester City at Bramall Lane, Robinson said: “This is a new adventure.

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“The fans were amazing against Palace... they were so loud and the noise was incredible. I wanted to carry on and play for them but I had to come off. I wanted to play as much as I can because the Premier League is where I want to be.

“This is an amazing football club and this team has proved that we can win in this league now. We got a going point away from home but this win will send out a message that we belong here, definitely.”

Robinson limped off in the second half against Palace, giving United a second injury scare after John Fleck left the field inside the first 30 minutes.

“It was just fatigue, I’ll be absolutely fine,” Robinson revealed.

Callum Robinson is pictured with manager Chris Wilder: Eoin Doyle/Sheffield Utd

“I felt a bit of tightness with the hamstring and around my hips. It was all down to the extra running and work I was doing all game. I’ll definitely be back for the next game, absolutely.

“That was some real hard work out there but I knew I had to come off because it wasn’t right. It was disappointing for me because it was really good out there, it was such a great buzz to be a part of this special occasion for everyone at the club.”