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Derby 0-2 Blades - report

1 September 2020

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Another encouraging pre-season win for the Blades, this time against Derby County at Pride Park.

Following an impressive first-half display against Dundee United in the abandoned opener and victory over Hearts in Scotland, goals from Ben Osborn and Billy Sharp were enough to beat Phillip Cocu's Rams.

With seven players away on international duty, Wilder added a number of development players to his group for United's third friendly of pre-season. Foderingham started in goal, with Jagielka at the heart of the defence. Mousset partnered Sharp in attack, as youngsters Slater and Norrington-Davies were also included in the starting XI.

After a quiet opening, with no chances at either end, it was the home side who fashioned an opportunity down the right. Marriott played in Evans, but Foderingham got a strong hand to a low near post cross and Baldock cleared.

Mousset and Sharp were working hard at the top of the pitch and quick feet from the former created space for Jack Robinson, but the defender fired wide with a right-footed shot. Forsyth then put Roos under pressure with an ill-advised throw-in and the goalkeeper was forced to hack the ball behind with Sharp barring down on him.

County youngster Sibley who had earlier tangled with Sharp, then clashed with Baldock and from the resulting free kick on 37 minutes, United took the lead. Norwood's delivery into the Derby box wasn't cleared properly by Clarke and OSBORN attacked the ball and produced a controlled finish which beat the dive of Roos.

Right on the stroke of half-time there was a moment of worry for the Blades. Foderingham was adjudged to have handled outside of his area, no action was taken though and from the resulting free kick, Marriott could only fire an effort into the wall, before the stopper was strong under pressure to punch clear from a subsequent corner.

At the break, McBurnie replaced Mousset and the Scottish striker almost scored with his first involvement. But at full stretch, he couldn't direct his header on target from Norwood's inviting delivery.

The visitors were really in the ascendency now, forcing the Rams back, but Jagielka could only glance a header wide from another inch perfect centre from Norwood on the right. Bryan and Brunt replaced Norrington-Davies and Baldock and the former Manchester City man played a key role in United adding a second on 73 minutes. Basham's diagonal ball was flicked on by Osborn into the path of Bryan, who delivered a delicious low cross from the left that was finished by SHARP from inside the six-yard box.

As the clock ticked down, the Blades grew stronger and stronger with Derby, following a flurry substitutions unable to muster much in response and before the end, Sharp could have added to his tally, only to be denied by the goalkeeper before dragging a follow up effort wide of the far post.


Blades: Foderingham, Baldock (Brunt 71), Basham, Sharp, Mousset (McBurnie 45), Jagielka, Norwood, J. Robinson, Osborn, Slater, Norrington-Davies (Bryan 62).
Unused: Verrips, Gordon, Hackford, Graham.


As it happened...

16:59
Derby kick-off and we're underway.

4'
A quiet opening few minutes at Pride Park, no chances at either end.

6'
Jagielka's diagonal ball for Osborn is headed away by Bogle, before Baldock crosses behind from the byline.

7'
At the other end, Evans overlaps Marriott and crosses low, but Foderingham gets a strong hand to the ball before Baldock sweeps clear.

13'
Marriott tries an acrobatic effort but it's well over Foderingham's bar...

17'
Mousset shows good feet to fashion an opening for Jack Robinson, who fires wide.

At the other end, Marriott breaks but his back post cross is too strong for Holmes.

28'
A couple of corners in quick succession for the hosts, but on both occasions United avert the danger comfortably.

30'
Forsyth puts Roos under pressure from a throw-in.

Sharp forces the goalkeeper into hacking behind for a corner, but Derby break and Foderingham is needed at the other end.

36'
Not for the first time, Sibley is late into a tackle and him and Baldock exchanging a difference of opinion.

37'
Goal for the Blades from the resulting free-kick.

Norwood's free-kick is only half cleared by Clarke and Osborn produces a controlled side-footed finish to fire United into a deserved lead.

45'
Right on half-time, Foderingham handles outside the area - thankfully no action is taken.

From the free-kick, Marriott's effort is blocked, although he wins a corner in the second phase.

This time Foderingham is strong under pressure and punches clear.

17:46
The half-time whistle is blown. United lead at the interval, thanks to Ben Osborn's goal.

18:01
Here comes the players for the second period.

Looks like the home side will be making some changes and the Blades could be too.

18:02
McBurnie replaces Mousset for United

18:03
The second half is underway.

52'
Norwood's inviting cross from the right picks out the run of McBurnie, but his header goes just over.

62'
Kean Bryan replaces Norrington-Davies

65'
Baldock wins a free-kick on the right.

Norwood's delivery is again inviting, but Jagielka can't direct his header on goal.

70'
Derby's substitute goalkeeper picks up a back pass from Clarke.

The resulting free-kick from Norwood is blocked though, before Slater sees an effort of his own blocked too.

71'
Brunt replaces Baldock, with Slater moving to the right-wing back slot.

73'
It's a second for the Blades!

Basham's diagonal ball is flicked on by Osborn and Bryan's inch perfect cross is finished by Sharp, with the skipper doing what he does best from inside the six yard box.

76'
United now dominating proceedings as the game enters it's latter stages.

Norwood's cross isn't dealt with, but Osborn can't repeat the feat of the first half.

78'
The Blades continue to push forward, forcing the home side into errors in their own half.

From a left wing corner, Derby don't clear their lines, but Basham can't apply a finish.

81'
United looking the fitter and strong side as we enter the last ten minutes here at Pride Park.

86'
The skipper thinks he should have had a second.

He gets in behind the defence and is denied by the goalkeeper, before dragging a follow up attempt wide of the far post.

18:48
A very good workout for Chris Wilder's men and another deserved win.

Ben Osborn and Billy Sharp with the goals


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