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Blades 0-1 Sunderland - report

25 September 2019

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United exited the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage, following a frustrating evening at Bramall Lane against Sunderland.

Max Power netted the only goal of the game early in the first-half, as Sunderland advanced to the fourth round.

For the third-round clash, boss Wilder made ten changes from the starting XI at Everton, with only Robinson keeping his place. Jagielka wore the captain's armband, as Mousset was handed a first start following his second-half goal at Goodison Park.

United were quickly out of the blocks and Burge was called into action twice in less than a minute, first denying Robinson, before more comfortably saving from Luke Freeman. The Sunderland stopper than saved his side twice more after a Flanagan error, with Robinson and then Mousset denied in quick succession.

But on nine minutes it was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play, with their first attack. A corner was only cleared to the edge of the box, where POWER controlled and fired into the top corner, giving Moore little chance.

The game continued to ebb and flow, with both teams having chances. Moore was equal to Embleton's shot at one end, before Mousset was inches away from connecting with Robinson's low cross from the left. It was the Blades who were enjoying more of the ball and creating most, Morrison twisted and turned before having a shot save, prior to Luke Freeman firing wide from distance.

The Blades ended the first half on top, but again Burge was ideally positioned to deny Mousset who had found space in the box from Jagielka's pass forward.

In the early moments of the second period, it was Sunderland looking for a second, but thankfully O'Nien's effort hit the side netting from a tight angle, before Freeman had to be alert to clear from Maguire, after a slip by Stearman.

On 57 minutes, United made a double switch at the top of the pitch, with McBurnie and Clarke replacing Robinson and Mousset. The Blades final change saw Fleck introduced, with Bryan making way, appearing to be carrying a knock.

With the clocking ticking down, a number of decisions went against the Blades in quick succession, culminating in Fleck being yellow carded for a foul on McLauglin. A corner wasn't cleared properly, but from distance, Osborn's effort was saved by Burge.

Still the Blades pressed, looking for that elusive equaliser, but the visitors held firm, although Maguire was booked for blatant timewasting as three minutes added time were signaled and despite United's best efforts, they passed without incident meaning United exited the competition at the second hurdle.


Blades: Moore, L. Freeman, Robinson (Clarke 57), Morrison, Jagielka, K. Freeman, Stearman, Bryan (Fleck 70), Mousset (McBurnie 57), Osborn, Bešić.
Unused: Verrips, Stevens, Basham, Norwood.

Sunderland: Burge, McLaughlin, De Bock, Lynch, Flanagan, O'Nien, Power, McGeouch, Maguire (Dobson 90), Embleton (Hume 45) Wyke.
Unused: Patterson, Grigg, Leadbitter, Taylor, Connelly.


As it happened...

19:44
We are underway

3'
Some good football from United involving L. Freeman, Osborn and Morrison ends with Robinson having a shot blocked. 0-0.

5'
Sunderland 'keeper Lee Burge called into action twice in quick sucession making saves from Robinson and L. Freeman.

7'
Chaos at the back from Sunderland as the ball is inexplicably played straight to Robinson, but Burge to the rescue as he sprints out to smother the ball, and the rebound as the visitors escape.

9'
Goal for Sunderland

9'
Against the run of play Sunderland net with an absolute belter from Max Power who drills into the top corner from 25 yards.

14'
Eliot Embleton with another strike from range which is palmed away by Moore. 0-1.

19'
Close for United!

Robinson carries the ball forward down the left and puts in a dangerous low centre which just evades strike partner Mousset. 0-1.

25'
Ravel Morrison twisting and turning just outside the area, he fashions half a yard to shoot but his effort lacks power and it is an easy save. 0-1.

29'
L. Freeman tries his luck from distance, it is a good hit but always going wide. 0-1.

38'
United survive a trio of corners from the visitors. Still Sunderland lead...

45'
Jagielka sides a terrific pass in behind for Mousset to latch onto but his shot is parried away by Burge.

One minute added...

20:47
Second half is underway...

20:48
Attendance: 11,675 (1,702)

46'
Sunderland make change with Embleton replaced by Denver Hume.

53'
Big chance for Sunderland as sub Hume cuts the ball back running down the left, but Luke O'Nien crashes his effort against the outside of the post.

57'
Double change for United.

Leon Clarke replaces Robinson, and Oli McBurnie is on for Mousset.

64'
Terrific cross-field pass by Besic picks out McBurnie on the left. He cuts inside and drives into the area before unleashing a shot which is blocked and Sunderland clear.

66'
O'Nien with an acrobatic effort for Sunderland, but he gets it all wrong and the ball trickles out for a throw.

70'
John Fleck replaces Kean Bryan

71'
Sunderland looking dangerous as Hume has a shot blocked by Stearman, but United clear the resulting corner.

77'
Booking for Fleck after a late challenge on Conor McLaughlin.

81'
Stearman advancing forward, he plays a one-two on the edge of the area but after getting the ball back he steers his shot well wide. 0-1.

84'
Quick counter attack from the Blades as Fleck slides the ball in behind for Clarke but the flag is raised for offside.

87'
Blades corner which is cleared as far as Osborn who hits a dipping half-volley but Burge is behind it and makes a comfortable save.

88'
Great chance for United.

Besic slipped the ball through to Clarke who was in on the angle but the shot is dragged wide via a deflection.

90'
Maguire booked for time wasting

90'
Three added minutes

90+1'
Sunderland sub Maguire is replaced by George Dobson

21:34
Blades 0 - 1 Sunderland

Max Power's wonder strike in the first half is enough to win the contest.


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