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Season review - February

3 July 2019

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With the dust having long settled and the fixtures now out, the prospect of Premier League football returning to Bramall Lane gets more real by the day.

So it only seems right that we reflect on what was a truly memorable season, which culminated in promotion back to the top-flight of English football following a 12-year absence.

Over the coming days, we will reflect on each month of a remarkable campaign, one that ended with jubilant scenes at S2 and the end of April.


Following the draw at leaders Norwich, the Blades were about to embark on a ten-game unbeaten run and began February with a fourth consecutive home league victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Lane.

The struggling Trotters managed to frustrate the Blades in the first-half but goals from David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp proved more than enough after the break.

The most bizarre game of the season followed, a 3-3 draw against Aston Villa. United completely dominated for 80 minutes at Villa Park and were three goals to the good, with Sharp helping himself to a hat-trick, only for the hosts to secure the most-unlikeliest of points at the death courtesy of Andre Green's header.

The response to that untimely setback, however, was simply stunning. Richard Stearman headed home the winner against Middlesbrough, before Gary Madine scored his first goals as a Blade in the 4-0 hammering of Reading at S2, with Kieron Freeman and John Fleck also on the scoresheet.

And the month was brought to an end by a terrific display at The Hawthorns, that saw West Brom shutout, meaning Kieran Dowell's first-half header, his first for the club, kept the Blades in second spot.

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