The day Ollie Norwood realised what Sheffield United are about under Chris Wilder ahead of Fulham reunion

Whatever happens at Craven Cottage tomorrow, when Sheffield United face their relegation rivals Fulham in another crunch Premier League clash, it is unlikely to be as memorable as the meeting between the two sides at Bramall Lane back in 2017.

Friday, 19th February 2021, 12:47 pm

Both United’s Leon Clarke and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon scored hat-tricks as Fulham ran out 5-4 winners on a remarkable evening at Bramall Lane.

Ollie Norwood, now a Blade, was playing for Fulham that day and sank to the turf at full-time, in sheer exhaustion.

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"I was knackered. But for me, that game just summed up United under Chris Wilder.

"They just kept going and never gave it up. I think it was 5-2 at one point? If the game had carried on for a bit longer, it might have been 7-6 or 8-7 or something.

"It was an incredible night; one of my most memorable games in football. It had everything.”

Both sides are now in the Premier League, although the season has not gone to plan for either club.

Samir Carruthers and Ollie Norwood during United's 5-4 defeat to Fulham in 2017: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

United travel to the capital bottom of the table, while Fulham are third-bottom and themselves six points adrift of survival.

Norwood helped Fulham into the Premier League the season they won 5-4 at Bramall Lane, a year after winning promotion with Brighton. But he had to wait until he remarkably won promotion for a THIRD time in three years, with United, to finally make his top-flight debut.

Norwood is now a Blade (Photo by MOLLY DARLINGTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Leon Clarke (second left) scored a hat-trick against Fulham: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon (left) celebrates scoring with Ollie Norwood during United's 5-4 defeat to Fulham in 2017: Nigel French/PA Wire.
Oliver Norwood of Fulham celebrates his sides victory after the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)