'We haven't thrown the towel in' - Sheffield United star scratching his head at shocking run of results

Two points won. Twelve points from safety. The worst record in top-flight history at this stage.

Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 8:05 pm

It doesn’t look good for Sheffield United as the Blades began 2021 with another defeat, this one at Crystal Place with two goals at either end of the first half inflcting a 15th loss in this terrible campaign.

And the form, coming as it does in such contrast to last season when Chris Wilder’s side took the Premier League by storm, has left everyone at the club bamboozled as they attempt to find somthing remotely like what they produced last time around.

One player says the team haven’t given up hope that they will still be in the top flight next season, but he admits he doesn’t know what the answer is.

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Dejected Oliver Norwood of Sheffield Utd during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park after defeat for United by Crystal Palace. Paul Terry/Sportimage

When asked what United have to do to regain their winning touch, Oliver Norwood replied: “If we knew that we would have done it already.”

"We are searching for answers, we are working hard, trying our best, I just don't know, I really don't know,” he conceded.

"It's not as if we have thrown the towel in, we don't care and are going through the motions, it's really hurting and it's up to us as a group of players who can affect it and we have got to keep going.

“We are not going to give up, we are not going to get the white flag out but things have got to change quicker. We don't help ourselves.”

That final point is certainly true as Norwood admitted that the way they are conceding goals if making their job all the more difficult.

"The first goal is disappointing and then I thought we actually played quite well,” he said. “Had a bit of possession, doing ok and the moment just before half time absolutely kills us.

"It was going to be difficult 1-0 down but just on the stroke of half time to concede that one, gave ourselves a mountain to climb and the form we are in and how things have gone this season we made it really difficult for ourselves.”