United’s youngsters slipped to defeat against league leaders Huddersfield Town at Shirecliffe.
Reflecting on the defeat, Coach Travis Binnion remarked: “Huddersfield deserved their victory. We had a lot of the ball and looked relatively comfortable but we didn’t pass the ball well enough to create enough clear openings.
“The lads were a little flat and the goals we conceded were poor ones to give away. Give credit to Huddersfield they are a strong side who know how to win at this level and that is reflected in them being top of the league.”
The hosts started brightly and put the Terriers on the back foot, although the pressure didn’t lead to any clear cut goalscoring opportunities.
Huddersfield looked a live threat on the counter attack and from set-pieces, although Diego De Girolamo and Otis Khan both failed to make the most of half chances at the other end.
On the stroke of half-time, Jake Eastwood produced a fine double save to ensure the game remained level going into the interval.
The second-half followed a similar pattern to the opening 45 minutes, but Town were ultimately more clinical in front of goal. The first goal came from the penalty spot, after Graham Kelly was adjudged to have committed a foul in the penalty area. At the other end the Blades had two good shouts for spot-kicks turned away.
The game was all but over after a rare slip from skipper Evans, who misjudged a back pass, which allowed the Huddersfield striker to round Eastwood and make it two in the 72nd minute.
In the latter stages, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Joel Coustrain both looked threatening, but they were unable to muster a consolation goal.
Blades: Eastwood, Ishmail, Kelly (Partodikromo 75), Whiteman, Evans, Cheeseman, Khan, Calvert-Lewin, Oldham (Cockerline 59), De Girolamo (Dimaio 59)