"That was for you": Billy Sharp dedicates his crucial 100th Sheffield United league goal
He’s been sat on 99 since October 18, but Billy Sharp finally bagged his 100th league goal for Sheffield United in the 1-0 win over Newcastle United at Bramall Lane.
And given that his penalty, which he also earned, helped his boyhood club to their first Premier League victory of the season, it was all the more special.
It was Sharp’s presence in the box that caused Federico Fernandez to handle the ball and with the help of VAR, United were awarded a spot kick which the club skipper slotted into the bottom left hand corner of the goal in front of the Kop.
This came as United piled pressure on the visitors who had gone down to ten men late in the first half when Ryan Fraser was sent off for two bookable offences.
It was a moment that deserved the adulation of a packed Bramall Lane and the fact that fans stil aren’t there was playing on Sharp’s mind as he dedicated the 100th goal to Blades at home.
Sharp said after the match: “Personally it's a dream come true, 100 league goals for Sheffield United. It's amazing. I wish fans were in the stadium. That was for them. I'm delighted to score goals and help contribute and get the points is something I am very pleased to do.”
There was surely no one else who was going to step up?
“I take that responsibility," he added. “I'm glad I get back for that and I'm glad to take that opportunity and help us get the three points for the lads but they deserve the credit for tonight, they did most of the hard work, I just took the opportunity that I've got.”
And on finally breaking their Premier League duck this season, Sharp says the team now have to start building momentum.
He said: “To get the first win in the league is a huge relief and hopefully the boys can take a lot for that and I am delighted for them because they have worked so hard this season and it's not quite gone for us. A little bit of luck, we took our chance tonight and got the three points, finally.”