MATCH REPORT | Sheffield United 0-1 Wolves

Sheffield United’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Saturday evening after a 1-0 defeat against Wolves at Molineux.

Willian Jose’s second half strike confirmed the fate of The Blades, who will be back in the Sky Bet Championship next season.

Prior to the game, interim United manager, Paul Heckingbottom, made several changes to the team following a home defeat by Arsenal.

Kean Bryan started at left wing-back, with Ben Osborn moving inside, whilst John Lundstram dropped out. Rhian Brewster also started up front, replacing  Oli Burke.

The Blades had strong periods during the first half, with a low cross from Osborn testing Rui Patricio.

Chances were scarce throughout the match, as Ender Stevens nearly gave United the lead, before Wolves picked up a loose ball to attack down the other end.

The ball broke quickly up the field, with Traore crossing into the box from the right side into Jose, who claimed his first goal since joining the club in January.

This prompted a double attacking  change from Heckingbottom with 15 minutes remaining, as Lys Mousset and Oli Burke replaced Osborn and David McGoldrick .

The Blades claimed they should’ve had a penalty for a foul on Steven’s, appeals were waved away by the referee.

During a post match interview Blades boss Heckingbottom said: “The only thing we can control is the performance and we’ve got to go out with our heads held high.

“No-one can fault the players effort it’s been there in all the games he’s been in.

“We’ve had a decent performances, we’ve had decent moments but yeah, I feel like we certainly should have had something out of the game there.”

Defending the determination of his team, he said: “You only have to look at the physical data from the premier league this season.

“Leeds have been out up on their own in terms of physical outputs but we’ve been close behind them.

“It’s not through lack of effort. They’re an honest group of players who give everything and you’ve seen it again tonight.”

Written by Jessica Morris

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