Sheffield United 2 Wolves 1: Blades FINALLY get first win of Premier League season with 100th minute winner


TO THE inevitable strains of the Great Escape theme, Oliver Norwood gave battling Sheffield United a relegation lifeline with their first Premier League win of the season.

Paul Heckingbottom’s men tasted success at the 11th time of asking as the captain’s injury-time penalty sunk Wolves.


Oliver Norwood’s late penalty secured Sheffield United their league first win of the seasonCredit: Getty


Wolves are the first side to fail to take anything away from a match against the BladesCredit: Getty

Cameron Archer had smashed bottom-of-the-table Blades ahead in the 72nd minute before Jean-Ricner Bellegarde’s first Wolves goal levelled in the 89th minute with a fine finish.

But heartbreak turned to heartstopping joy for the hosts when Norwood powered in the spot-kick to plunder a priceless three points.

Victory ended Wolves’ five-match unbeaten run as they badly missed the craft of injured talisman Pedro Neto,

It also ruined Tommy Doyle’s return to Bramall Lane after being handed his first start for the visitors.

The midfielder had played a pivotal role in United’s promotion to the top flight – and FA Cup semi-final spot at Wembley – last season when borrowed from Manchester City.

While warmly applauded by the home fans, not everyone laid out the red carpet for Doyle, though, as Vini Souza blatantly shoved him over to concede an early free-kick.

That came to nothing but Doyle’s delivery at set-pieces caused a problem for the nervy Blades backline in a feisty opening riddled with fouls.

Bidding to win three successive league games against their hosts for the first time since a four-match run between 1954-55, Wolves offered the greater early attacking threat.



A classy counter-attack left Nelson Semedo on the end of a swift, sweeping move, but the Portuguese wing-back blasted over.

After George Baldock – making his first start in two months following a calf problem – was booked for dragging back towering striker Sasa…



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