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Wolves 1-1 Blades - report

1 December 2019

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United maintained an unbeaten Premier League away record thanks to a hard fought 1-1 draw against Wolves at Molineux.

Lys Mousset opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the campaign after just two minutes, but despite creating numerous chances, United had to settle for a draw when Matt Doherty equalised in the second half for the home side.

Boss Wilder opted for two changes to the side which drew against Manchester United last time out. Fit-again John Egan returned to the three-man central defence in place of Phil Jagielka, whilst 'keeper Dean Henderson, who was ineligible for the clash with the Red Devils, returned between the sticks as Simon Moore dropped to the bench.

The Blades made a lightning start to the game and were in front after just two minutes. With the first attack of the afternoon John Lundstram returned George Baldock's throw before the wing-back crossed to MOUSSET who expertly controlled before drilling the ball low beyond Rui Patricio.

Referee David Coote reached for his pocked to show Leander Dendoncker yellow for a trip on Mousset as United dominated the first 10 minutes.

It could have been 2-0 when Mousset broke forward but his pass to the onrushing Lundstram was too heavy forcing the midfielder wide.

Wolves threatened for the first time on 13 minutes. Matt Doherty drove past his Republic of Ireland team-mate Enda Stevens; his deflected cross sat up well for Raul Jimenez whose powerful header was tipped over by Henderson.

Soon after Stevens was into the book for hauling down Adama Traore, as the home side started to finally get a foothold in the game.

Mousset remained a threat though for the Blades and he set off to collect Stevens' pass but was denied a run on goal by the onrushing Patricio who sprinted off his line to clear.

Lundstram did a great job defensively when he courageously blocked a long-range Ruben Neves strike as Wolves continued to work their way back into the contest.

Whilst the home side were improving, United carried a real threat when attacking, with McGoldrick unfortunate with his control as he tried to latch onto a clever chipped Baldock pass into the area.

Some terrific play from the Blades almost brought another opportunity on 33 minutes. John Fleck fed a pass into McGoldrick who cut into the area, he then played a terrific disguised ball to the onrushing Stevens, but his cut-back from the by-line was held by Patricio.

A minute later Chris Basham headed clear under pressure following a cross to the back post, and a VAR check followed for an alleged handball, but it was quickly waved away.

With seven minutes remaining until the break, United opened up the opposition again. This time Stevens found Mousset who cleverly slid the ball into Fleck's path, but his low effort was saved by the legs of Patricio.

Stevens blazed over before the break, and Fleck also saw yellow as United took a lead into the interval.

The Blades made a flying start to the second stanza when Fleck crossed from the left onto the chest of Mousset. He helped the ball into the path of McGoldrick whose shot was saved by the legs of the 'keeper.

The Blades ripped through the Wolves defence countless times as some good opportunities were created by Wilder's side.

Fleck was the architect twice, firstly when he slipped a ball into McGoldrick whose low drive was parried by Patricio. Soon after, Fleck fed the ball into Mousset who blazed over from just inside the area.

The yellow card count was starting to rise with both Baldock and Jack O'Connell going into the book.

The Blades were certainly having the better chances but paid for not converting when Wolves equalised on 64 minutes. Raul supplied the ammunition with a deep cross to the back post and Doherty arrived to head home.

United almost re-took the lead on 69 minutes when a terrific cross by Ollie Norwood was flicked just wide off the head of McGoldrick.

The striker was then replaced for the last 20 minutes by Oli McBurnie as boss Chris Wilder made his first change.

Baldock was fortunate not to see red when, already booked, he chopped down Diogo Jota, but he was let off with a warning.

United were now on the back foot, but a tremendous defensive showing in the last 10 minutes ensured a share of the spoils.

Wolves: Patricio, Doherty, Neves, Raul, Coady, Diogo, Otto, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Adama, Kilman.
Subs: Ruddy, Vallejo, Neto, Cutrone, Vinagre, Otasowie, Cundle.

Blades: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Lundstram (L. Freeman 90'), Egan, Norwood, McGoldrick (McBurnie 71'), Mousset (Robinson 85')
Unused: Sharp, Jagielka, Moore, Bešić.

As it happened...

We're underway.


First attack and the Blades lead. Short throw to Lundstram, who gives it back to Baldock. His cross is controlled by Mousset who drills it into the bottom corner.

Mousset again causing problems. He's brought down by Dendoncker and that's the first booking of the game.

Raul with a cross/shot which takes a deflection and goes wide of the far post. The resulting corner hits McGoldrick and United clear. 0-1.

Fleck curls in a delightful cross in towards O'Connell who controls, but he can't quite get the ball out of his feet and Wolves clear. 0-1.

All United so far, but a Wolves counter after Fleck slips almost catches out the Blades.

Basham remains switched on though and completes a vital interception. 0-1.

Doherty rounds Stevens and his deflected cross sits well for Raul to attack. His powerful header though is tipped over by Henderson and United scramble clear the corner.

Stevens sees yellow for tripping Traore.

Patricio out his goal to clear at the feet of Mousset who was almost in on goal thanks to a pass from Stevens. 0-1.

Traore cross from the right is cleared only as far as Neves who crashes a shot into the back of Lundstram from distance. 0-1.

Lovely inventive chipped pass by Norwood for McGoldrick to run onto, but his control lets him down and the ball runs loose to the 'keeper. 0-1.

Cross fizzed into the near post from the left is punched clear by Henderson as Wolves start to find some fluency. 0-1.

Great football by United as Fleck feeds McGoldrick. He cuts inside, and plays it to Stevens on the overlap but the cut-back is held by the 'keeper. 0-1.

Moutinho with a devilish cross and somehow United clear through Basham. Bizarre VAR check for a penalty waved away. 0-1.

United raiding again as this time Basham breaks free down the right, his cross looked to be right on the head of McGoldrick but Moutinho nips in to head clear at the last moment. 0-1.


Stevens and Mousset involved as they fashion an opportunity for Fleck, but Patricio saves with his legs. 0-1.

Moutinho with a shot from distance well wide.

Just before Basham makes a brilliant headed clearance from a Traore cross. 0-1.

Stevens blazes over after cutting side following a headed clearance after a Basham cross. 0-1.

Fleck booked for pulling back Jimenez.

2 mins of added time.


Wolves 0 - 1 Blades

Mousset's goal seperates the two sides at the break.

The teams are back out...

The second-half is underway...

Chance for United.

Fleck's cross into Mousset who chests the ball down for McGoldrick whose shot from a tight angle is saved by the legs of Patricio.

Moutinho with an effort which lacked power and was hit straight at Henderson. 0-1.

Another chance for the Blades.

McGoldrick was sent through by Fleck on the angle but his low shot is again saved by Patricio. 0-1.

Another opportunity for United.

Fleck again with the pass to Mousset who blazes high and wide from the edge of the area. 0-1.

Cynical block by Baldock results in a yellow card.

Traore with the run and cross from the right, but there's Henderson with a great claim under pressure. 0-1.

Late challenge by O'Connell results in another booking.

Goal for Wolves.

Raul with the deep cross to the back post where Doherty arrives to head in. 1-1.

Flag goes up correctly for offside. Wolves play on and Raul is pulled down by Henderson. We have a VAR check for a pen, but rightly it is offside, free-kick United.


Norwood's free-kick is glanced just wide off the head of David McGoldrick. 1-1.

Change for United as McBurnie replaces McGoldrick.

Brilliant cross from Stevens low across the area but there's no takers and it whizzes behind for a goal kick.

Baldock so lucky not to be sent off for a late challenge. He's already been booked. 1-1.

Change for United as Mousset is replaced by Robinson

Yellow for Egan as he stops a Wolves counter.

Three minutes added.

Change for United as Lundstram is replaced by Luke Freeman.

McBurnie heads over after a Stevens cross to the back post. 1-1.

Full time

Wolves 1 - 1 Blades

Mousset's opener is cancelled out in the second half by Doherty.

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