"Weird" - Ben Osborn on the feeling of scoring for Sheffield United in the Premier League - at Leeds' empty stadium

It took almost 40 games to come and when Ben Osborn’s first goal for Sheffield United did arrive on Saturday, he admits he didn’t feel like he’d scored.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 6:00 am

When he signed for the Blades at the start of their Premier League adventure, Osborn won’t have pictured his first goal arriving in an empty Elland Road.

But that was the reality on Saturday as his equaliser dragged United back on level terms away at Leeds, before Phil Jagielka’s own goal sealed all three points for the home side as he turned Jack Harrison’s cross past Aaron Ramsdale.

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Over 820 days separated Osborn’s goal at Leeds and his previous one, also against Leeds in a 4-2 Nottingham Forest win on New Year’s Day in 2019, and the midfielder admitted: “It’s been a long time coming, it’s been a while since my last goal so it was a happy moment.

“It was a weird feeling with no fans here, it didn’t feel like I’d scored a goal which sums it up at the moment. But it was still a proud moment.

“I’ll take it. I’ve been getting in some good positions and thankfully, it fell to me today.”

Ben Osborn celebrates his first Sheffield United goal at an empty Elland Road: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Osborn pounced after Oli McBurnie’s shot was deflected into his path. His shot struck Luke Ayling, who was attempting to keep the ball out of the Leeds net, but referee Graham Scott’s watch alerted him that the goal should be given and replays showed that Ayling was well over the line when the ball struck him.