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06 October 2018 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Boss on Tigers test

5 October 2018

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Chris Wilder is urging his team and the Blades faithful to be patient when Hull City arrive at the Lane on Saturday afternoon.

The Blades boss expects Nigel Adkins's side to come to S2 to try and frustrate his team and Wilder is hoping for continued backing from the terraces.

He remarked: "They've obviously not had the results they'd have wanted, but look through the squad list and the money they paid for them, shows they've got quality players having come down two years ago.

"They've got a lot of really good individual players and when they clicked last season they took some really good teams to the cleaners, particularly away from home.

"It's a common message I've sent out and I know the players listen and supporters too, we'll roll it back to the Birmingham game."

Wilder added: "People said it was a miserable performance from us, but look at their quality, the players they've got and the money they've paid out, Hull are the same, they've got a lot of talent within the group.

"I don't think they will come and open up and go for the win, they will sit back, invite us on and try and frustrate the crowd.

"We might need the crowd to be the most patient it has ever been for a long, long time at home, because they will frustrate and try and catch us with pace on the counter attack."

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Blades 1-0 Hull - report

6 October 2018

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The Blades moved to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with victory over Hull City at Bramall Lane.

David McGoldrick's second-half penalty proved decisive as United were forced to be patient against Nigel Adkins's Tigers.

For the fourth successive game, boss Wilder named an unchanged starting XI, although Baldock replaced Lundstram on the bench.

The game was open from the first whistle, Henriksen and Campbell fired high and wide for City, whilst Stevens almost capitalised on a slip from Burke at the other end. United gradually were again the upper hand, with McGoldrick scooping his effort over after Duffy and Sharp had combined.

The Blades continued to enjoy the best of the game as the half hour mark ticked by, with Duffy almost catching Marshall out at his near post. Egan became the first caution of the game, for a foul on Irvine.

With half-time approaching, the Blades were back on the front foot and Stevens drew a save from Marshall at his near post, having combined nicely with Duffy. The last effort of the half saw Duffy fire over from a promising position, after a well worked corner by Norwood.

Hull were quickly out of the traps following the restart, with Dicko forcing Henderson into a save at his near post from Martin's flick-on. In response, the Blades forced a corner, from which Fleck fired over in the second phase from a promising position.

On 62 minutes, the Kop were up in anticipation of a goal, but from Freeman's header down, Sharp couldn't hit the target. Elphick was booked for a foul on Sharp, before Bramall Lane erupted with noise as Coutts replaced Duffy.

It was the visitors though who should have gone it front moments later, Irvine's cross was inch perfect for Henriksen, but Henderson was at his best to deny him. And United went straight down the other end and made City pay. Referee Bankes spotted a foul by Elphick on O'Connell from Norwood's corner and from the spot MCGOLDRICK sent Marshall the wrong way to the delight of the Kop.

With 12 minutes remaining, McGoldrick was booked for a foul on Burke, before Clarke and Johnson replaced the goalscorer and skipper Sharp.

Four minutes of added time were signalled, but it was the Blades who enjoyed the better of stoppage-time and comfortably saw it out to move to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Blades: Henderson, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Sharp (Johnson 87), Egan, Norwood, McGoldrick (Clarke 87), Freeman, Duffy (Coutts 66).
Unused: Baldock, Stearman, Moore, Washington.

Hull: Marshall, Lichaj, Burke, Irvine (Groscicki 80), Kane, Batty, Henriksen, Kingsley, Campbell (Dicko 29), Martin (Bowen 71), Elphick.
Unused: Stewart, Long, Keane, McKenzie.

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