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Blades 2-1 Stoke - report

25 July 2017

United maintained a 100% pre-season record with a last-gasp win against Premiership opposition at Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening.

The game looked destined to end all square until David Brooks scored the decisive goal in front of the Kop with the last action of the contest. Earlier, Xherdan Shaqiri had cancelled out Billy Sharp's opener in front of a crowd in excess of 7,000.

Young goalkeeper Eastwood started for the Blades against Mark Hughes's Potters, with Moore ruled out with a knee injury. On the bench, young development player Pollard was the back-up goalkeeper.

The Blades came close early on as Carruthers curled an effort inches wide of Grant's far post. And in the next attack, SHARP gave United the lead after Lavery's pressure forced a mistake out of Shawcross. In response, a quick Stoke break involving Sobhi and Allen led to Shaqiri firing over.

United were straight back on the front foot though and Lavery headed wide from a pin point Carruthers cross. Shaqiri was again the architect for Stoke as they pressed forward, however Johnson's tempting ball found nobody in the centre.

It what was becoming an end-to-end clash skipper Sharp fired over following a slip from Sobhi and shortly after Grant was forced into action to deny Coutts.

Good link up play from Sharp led to Carruthers volleying into the arms of Grant and the Blades kept the Stoke stopper busy as Fleck tried his luck from range.

But with 10 minutes of the first-half remaining Stoke's SHAQIRI slotted home past Eastwood after going past Stearman from Sobhi's through ball. After levelling the visitors gained a foothold and Shaqiri forced Eastwood into a smart save from a free kick before Fleck cleared at the expense of a corner.

The first meaningful action of the second half saw Berahino fire wide. Berahino's next effort went even wider though, trickling out for a throw!

Following a flurry of substitutions, a 72nd minute strike struck by Duffy tested Grant and soon after Stoke's Sobhi got the better of Basham and Freeman setting up Bojan who's effort was blocked at the expense of a corner.
As the game started to upon up in the final 15 minutes Duffy fired just wide from outside the box and at the other end Adam fired over Eastwood's goal from distance.

But as the clock ticked past 90, United snatched a deserved winner with the final kick of the game. After several blocked efforts BROOKS side-footed home from Freeman's cut back, much to the delight of boss Wilder and all the home supporters inside the Lane.

Blades: Eastwood, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Sharp (Clarke 65), Coutts, Freeman, Stearman, Lavery (Brooks 65), Carruthers (Duffy 59).
Unused: Thomas, Bennett, Wright, Lafferty, Pollard.

Stoke: Grant. Pieters, Allen, Zouma, Johnson, Berahino, Shawcross, Cameron, Shaqiri, Fletcher, Sobhi.
Subs: Muniesa, Tymon, Adam, Diouf, Imbula, Crouch, Wollscheid, Krkic, Haugaard, Edwards.


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