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Sheffield United

Preston North End

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Blades 2-2 Preston - report

4 September 2020

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United's pre-season friendly against Preston North End on Friday ended all square, with the visitors equalising in the final seconds of the game.

John Lundstram's first-half opener was cancelled out by a Daniel Johnson penalty, only for Billy Sharp to score with a spot-kick of his own minutes later. The Blades looked on course for another win until Jayden Stockley scored from a late corner.

For the final pre-season action before the Premier League opener against Wolves, Lundstram started, whilst McBurnie partnered Sharp in attack.

It was a very quiet opening 15 minutes or so on a lovely afternoon at S2. Norwood won and delivered a free-kick from a dangerous position, but Bauer did enough to stop Jack Robinson getting on the end of it. Moments later, Norwood sent in a cross from the left, it wasn't cleared properly, but Pearson blocked Lundstram's goal bound effort.

At the other end, Preston threatened three times is six minutes, including hitting the woodwork twice in as many seconds. Foderingham was equal to Bodin's tame effort, but was indebted to his goal frame as Sinclair hit the post having beaten the challenges of Robinson and Jagielka, before Barkhuizen rattled the bar on the rebound.

But it was the Blades who took the lead in the latter stages of the first period. Bryan's cross from the left wasn't cleared properly and after Osborn was denied, McBurnie teed up LUNDSTRAM who calmly stroked the ball home into the bottom corner.

Within 60 seconds of the restart, United could have doubled the lead. Mousset beat the offside trap but dragged his effort wide of Hudson's far post. And that miss was punished by the visitors on 54 minutes. Barkhuizen advanced into the area following a slip by Jagielka and referee Moss pointed straight to the spot following a challenge by the retreating Robinson. From 12 yards, North End skipper JOHNSON sent Foderingham the wrong way.

But before the hour, United were back in front. Pearson was adjudged to have handled in the box under pressure from Mousset and unsurprisingly, SHARP converted from the spot for his third goal of pre-season.

The game remained open and both sides were creating chances, the most obvious one saw Osborn rattle the bar with a shot after Basham had robbed Sinclair high up the pitch. But with the last action of the contest, Preston managed to draw level. Gallagher's corner from the left caused United problems and STOCKLEY was able to bundle the ball home.

Blades: Foderingham, Baldock, Basham, Lundstram (Slater 45), McBurnie (Mousset 45, Hackford 72), Sharp, Jagielka, Norwood, J. Robinson, Osborn, Bryan.
Unused: Verrips, Gordon, Graham, Brunt.

As it happened...

The action at the Lane is underway.

Nothing in the way of goalscoring opportunities.

United enjoying more possession and territory now.

Norwood is fouled in a promising position.

He sends in an inviting free-kick, but Bauer does enough to stop Jack Robinson getting on the end of it.

Some neat build up play down the left ends up with Osborn winning a corner.

Norwood's delivery isn't dealt with by Hudson, but Lundstram's shot is blocked by Pearson.

Baldock is freed down the right, but from Norwood's cross, Osborn can't direct his header on target.

Foderingham's first meaningful contribution of the game sees him save from Bodin, after some good play by the visitors.

Preston hit the woodwork twice in a matter of seconds.

Firsty, Sinclair hits the post having beaten the challenges of Jack Robinson and Basham, before Barkhuizen fires an effort against the bar on the rebound.

Goal for the Blades.

Bryan's cross from left isn't cleared. Osborn is denied, before McBurnie tees up LUNDSTRAM who slides the ball home into the bottom corner.

United again threatening down the left.

But Osborn's back heel trickles wide of the far post from Bryan's cross.

United pushing for a second before the break.

Norwood's corner isn't cleared properly and in the second phase, his right-wing cross evades everyone, with McBurnie and Sharp lurking.

United lead at the break - John Lundstram the scorer.


Double substitution for the Blades at the break.

Lundstram and McBurnie will be replaced by Slater and Mousset.


The second-half is underway.

United miss a good chance to double the lead.

Mousset beats the offside trap, but drags his effort wide of the far post.

Break in play as Mousset recieves treatment having being fouled by a retreating Bauer.

Penalty for Preston.

Robinson foul on Barkhuizen after a slip by Jagielka.

Goal for the visitors.

Johnson sends Foderingham the wrong way from the spot

Penalty for the Blades.

Pearson handball under pressure from Mousset.

GOAL... Sharp makes no mistake from the spot, sending Hudson the wrong way at the Kop end.

20 minutes left here at the Lane.

Been quiet since Sharp's penalty put the Blades back in front.


Mousset limps off and is replaced by young striker Hackford.

Preston play themsleves into trouble and Osborn almost capitilises, rattling the bar with a left-footed effort.

Preston pushing for an equaliser, but Baldock clears over his own bar from Rafferty's deep cross looking for Potts.

Late corner for the visitors creates the equaliser.

Stockley bundles the ball home from Gallagher's centre - the last action of the game.

That late goal denies the Blades a win.

It finishes 2-2 at the Lane - Lundstram and Sharp the United scorers.

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