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Blades 2-1 Bournemouth - report

9 February 2020

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United will head into the one-week winter break in fifth position the Premier League, following Sunday's success over Bournemouth at the Lane.

The Blades, courtesy of goals from Billy Sharp and substitute John Lundstram, came from behind to deservedly beat Eddie Howe's side in an entertaining clash at a very soggy S2.

For clash against the Cherries, boss Wilder named the starting XI which claimed all three points against Crystal Palace. Deadline day signing Retsos was named on the bench and joined by the fit-again McGoldrick.

Inside two minutes United were on the front foot. O'Connell's ball down the left channel found McBurnie, he intelligently cut the ball back for Fleck, but his goal bound effort was blocked by Bournemouth skipper Francis. But the visitors themselves threatened a couple of time in quick succession. Basham and Baldock halted the progress of Fraser, before Harry Wilson headed wide from a left-wing cross.

On 11 minutes, Gosling drew a foul from Basham on the left and from the resulting free-kick, Callum Wilson screwed a left-footed effort inches wide of Henderson's far post. But two minutes later, the visitors did take the lead. Harry Wilson's initial effort effort from Rico's cross was blocked, but on the rebound CALLUM WILSON fired into the roof of the net giving Henderson no chance.

United's response was almost instant, but after Fleck and McBurnie had combined to release Stevens on the left, Sharp's effort at the back post hit the side netting, with Ramsdale scrambling across his line. As the half progressed, the Blades continued to try and push for an equaliser, but after Sharp and McBurnie had combined to win a corner, O'Connell headed over after Egan had won the first header at the back post.

The wet conditions were making defending tricky and McBurnie almost profited from a slip from Francis, but under pressure from Ake, his effort saved by Ramsdale. Stevens was booked despite appearing to win the ball in a challenge with Harry Wilson, a decision that wasn't well received by the majority inside the Lane.

Right on the stroke of half-time, United came close twice in less than a minute. Norwood saw a half volley diverted inches wide by Ake, before McBurnie forced a save from Ramsdale with a header from Fleck's corner. Two more corners followed before the break and from the second of those, United levelled. Fleck's deep delivery was kept alive by Berge, Ramsdale failed to connect with a punch, Stevens teed up Egan who saw his effort blocked on the line, but SHARP wasn't to be denied from close-range.

The start of the second period saw United forcing the issue. Henderson's long kick forward was flicked on by McBurnie, but Ramsdale was just about equal to Sharp's low effort. Tempers almost boiled over on the touchline following a challenge between Egan and Gosling. Following words and a tussle, Surman and Blades boss Wilder were cautioned by referee Moss.

On the hour, Bournemouth had their first attempt since the break, but Ake's shot on the turn was high and wide, after the visitors had applied some pressure from a corner. Ten minutes later, only the brilliance of Henderson kept the scores level, as he denied Fraser from inside the penalty after good work by the two Wilsons.

There were 16 minutes remaining when Sharp was replaced by former Bournemouth man Mousset and the substitute almost had an immediate impact after the Cherries failed to clear Baldock's low cross, but his shot was blocked by Ake from very close range. But in the 84th minute United did hit the front at the Kop end. Stevens freed Mousset down the left channel, he picked out the run of LUNDSTRAM, who controlled with one foot and slotted the ball past Ramsdale before the goalkeeper could adjust his feet.

The clock was ticking in United's favour, but Mousset was carded for a foul on Billing and from the resulting free-kick, Henderson could only punch clear, before Mousset cleared over his own crossbar to concede a corner, from which Ake headed inches wide from close-range.

Four minutes added time were signalled and United safely negotiated them to claim another three Premier League points at Bramall Lane.

Blades: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, McBurnie, Sharp (Mousset 74), Egan, Norwood, Berge (Lundstram 61).
Unused: Jagielka, McGoldrick, Verrips, Osborn, Retsos.

Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Smith Francis, Ake, Rico, Gosling, Surman (Solanke 88), Billing, H Wilson (King 72), Fraser (Stanislas 84), C Wilson.
Unused: Boruc, Stacey, S Cook, L Cook.

As it happened...

We're underway!

It is wet and windy out there still as proven when Harry Wilson goes down.

McBurnie runs the right channel, cuts back inside of Ake to find Fleck in the area. The midfielder takes a touch and fires towards goal but ex-Blade Simon Francis makes a great block and Bournemouth clear. 0-0.

United forced into a defensive clearance as Diego Rico puts a teasing cross in following a short corner. His target was Nathan Ake but United clear. 0-0.

Swift counter by Bournemouth sees Adam Smith burst forward. He finds Ryan Fraser who is looking to set himself but a combination of Chris Basham George Baldock snuff out the danger. 0-0.

Bournemouth looking menacing again as a cross from the left is headed wide by Wilson. 0-0.

Dangerous free-kick into the near post deflects off Sander Berge and falls kindly for Wilson at the back post but he diverts his effort wide of the near post. 0-0.

Goal for Bournemouth.

United give the ball away deep inside our own half. A cross from the left finds Harry Wilson who's first effort is blocked and Callum Wilson slams in the rebound. 0-1.

United switch off at the restart and a cross to the back post only just eludes Philip Billing coming in at the back post. 0-1.

Lively response from United as Fleck finds McBurnie. The striker cuts the ball back to Stevens who plays in a perfectly weighted low cross but from a tight angle, Billy Sharp slams it into the side netting. 0-1.

The game has had several stoppages over the last five minutes. The latest is for Billing who needs treatment after a challenge by Fleck. 0-1.

Henderson punches clear another dangerous dipping free-kick as United defend another set play close to the area. 0-1.

McBurnie wins a corner at the other end.

Fleck's cross is won by Egan at the far post, he puts it into a good area but O'Connell heads over from eight yards. 0-1.

First time cross from Stevens almost catches out the Bournemouth defence as a sliding McBurnie gets a shot away ahead of Ake but Aaron Ramsdale is there to save. 0-1.

Sharp coming on to a left wing cross but Francis makes a vital headed clearance at the last second to clear. Good spell for the Blades. 0-1.

Blades win a free-kick 25 yards from goal but Norwood drills it low into the wall. 0-1.

Stevens gets a yellow for a crunching challenge on Harry Wilson.

Swift break again by Bournemouth as Fraser motors down the left. His teasing cross is looking for Harry Wilson but Henderson is quick off his line to make the claim. 0-1.

So close!

Bournemouth fail to clear a low O'Connell cross, it deflects into the path of Norwood who hits one but it defects just wide.

Bournemouth eventually clear the resulting corner. 0-1.

Three added minutes

Norwood with a wonderful cross which Billing does brilliantly to clear.

The resulting corner isn't cleared by Ramsdale. Stevens drills it back in, and after it pings around after an Egan shot, Sharp is there to stab home. 1-1!

Half time

Blades 1 - 1 Bournemouth

Callum Wilson's goal has the Cherries in front until Billy Sharp nets just before the break.

Second half underway.

Sharp latches onto a long clearance, he gets his shot in but Ramsdale saves.

From the following corner, Berge heads wide. 1-1.

Some handbags on the touchline as Gosling goes down under what looks to be minimal contact. Break in play.

Yellow card for Blades boss Wilder for his part...

There's also a booking for Andrew Surman.

Deflected Stevens cross almost found a way through to Sharp but Rico clears in the nick of time. 1-1.

Smith takes on Norwood 25 yards out and takes aim. His shot flies over Henderson's crossbar, no danger for the Blades number one. 1-1.

United struggle to clear a Bournemouth corner, eventually Ake directs an effort just wide of the target. 1-1.

Berge is replaced by John Lundstram.

Good spell again for United as Basham takes a brilliant touch to pull down a deep cross from O'Connell. He cuts inside and rolls the ball back for Lundstram to shoot, but he scuffs his effort and Bournemouth scramble the ball clear. 1-1.

What a save!

A deflected cross is laid off by Callum Wilson for Fraser to strike. He gets everything behind it but Henderson flings himself to his left to tip away. 1-1.

Bournemouth change as Josh King replaces Harry Wilson.

Attendance: 30,361

Substitution for United, Sharp is replaced by Lys Mousset.

King puts a harmless looking cross into the area but it nearly comes to something as Henderson and Basham get in each other's way. Eventually, United clear. 1-1.

Huge chance for the Blades as Baldock's low cross is deflected to McBurnie, he can't quite bring it under his spell so lays it to Mousset whose effort is blocked by a host of diving defenders. 1-1.

Change for Bournemouth, Fraser replaced by Junior Stanislas.


Fine work in the build up by Stevens who threads a pass through to Mousset, his pass into the feet of Lundstram is perfect and the sub guides it beyond Ramsdale. 2-1.

Final change for Bournemouth, Andrew Surman replaced by Dominic Solanke.

Yellow for Mousset for a trip on Billing.

Close for Bournemouth as Rico's corner is glanced just wide by Ake. 2-1.

Francis into the book for a challenge on McBurnie.

Full time

Blades 2 - 1 Bournemouth

United come from behind as goals from Billy Sharp and John Lundstram earn maximum points, after Callum Wilson's opener.

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