Sheffield United Under 23s are still looking for their first win of 2020 after a 3-0 home defeat against Hull City.
Three goals in quick succession in the first half left the Blades with a mountain to climb, and despite largely dominating the second half, couldn't muster a comeback.
There were several changes to the team as George Broadbent and Iliman Ndiaye came into the side for the first time since going out on loan, while Keenan Ferguson returned after a few months out injured.
It was Ferguson who had the best chance to open the scoring when he fired over from an early corner, but it was two goals in two minutes that put the Blades on the back foot.
Keane Lewis-Potter opened the scoring when his deflected effort squirmed under Jordan Amissah, before James Berry capitalised on a Blades clearance minutes later to slot home the second.
The Blades responded and had two good chances in quick succession when Jake Young saw a low effort saved and Harry Boyes fired over from inside the box when played in by Ndiaye.
Hull though extended their lead just before the break when Billy Chadwick converted Callum Jones's free-kick at the back post to put the game beyond United.
The Blades were well on top after the break and were twice denied by the crossbar as first Boyes saw an effort tipped onto the woodwork and later Broadbent's driven cross deflected off a Hull defender onto the crossbar too.
Young forced the Hull keeper into a good save soon after and the impressive Boyes went close again as he saw a powerful effort tipped over the bar.
Blades: Amissah, Ferguson (Gordon 46), Boyes, Belehouan, Hall, Gomis, Brunt (Neal 46), Broadbent, Young, Ndiaye, Gribbin (Gaxha 61).
Unused: S. Kelly, Brooks.