Chris Wilder demands MORE from Sheffield United, despite Bournemouth keeping the European dream alive
Even Storm Ciara cannot get rid of the remarkable European load of Sheffield United.
While the collision of Manchester City with West Ham became dirty due to the weather, on the other side of the Pennines it always took more than a little wind and rain to stop these blades.
And although the hardy home team was called early by Callum Wilson, there was almost an inevitability about their comeback, which began with Billy Sharp and ended six minutes after time by substitute John Lundstram.
Sheffield United continued its remarkable Premier League season debut on Sunday
The Blades advanced to fifth after a comeback 2-1 win against Bournemouth at home
Chris Wilder was proud of the faith of his players, because their rigid structure is still very strong
When the last whistle sounded, “the sheets stay up,” it was singing from the Bramall Lane Kop. But these supporters dream so much more than avoid relegation.
It was only last week that Blades boss Wilder finally admitted that Europe was in his sights. Well, he could hardly continue to deny it, since his side is now in fifth place in the table with less than a third of the season to go.
Incredibly, United is now only two points next to Chelsea in the last Champions League position. It is no wonder that Wilder does not want a winter break.
After Saturday’s game, the Blades manager and his players left for Manchester airport for a flight to Dubai. But nobody who watched this match could not doubt that Wilder would rather sit in the middle of things on the sidelines than on a lounger.
Callum Wilson scored the opening goal of the game to put Bournemouth in front
The hosts had to fight back after Callum Wilson gave Eddie Howe the lead
As always, Wilder was at the heart of everything here. He was booked in the second half for pushing Bournemouth’s Andrew Surman. Then he saw his two second half subs combine for the winning goal.
It was also a day to remember for club captain Sharp. In his 16-year professional career, scoring a Premier League goal on Bramall Lane was one thing in the CV of the boyhood. But he knocked that off the bucket list against Bournemouth. And boy, he celebrated it.
This was also an important intervention for Lundstram. He is without a contract in the summer and has not concluded a new deal so far. So his match-winning cameo from the bank can only strengthen his position in the ongoing negotiations.
The winner of Lundstram was a painful blow to Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who was looking for three straight wins but could now see his side back in the drop zone when they return from their winter break.
And to think, all these storylines may never have happened because of the weather. A flood two hours before the kick-off, as well as wind gusts of 50 km / h, had put this race in serious doubt.
But referee Jon Moss playfully passed the field 80 minutes before the action started. And Moss clearly made the right decision, with the weather setting long before the starting time of fourteen and the sun rising just when United started.
Wilder must have experienced much worse conditions during his days managing Bradway FC in the Meadowhall Sheffield Sunday League. Yet his side in the early stages was still not typically sloppy.
Bournemouth striker Ryan Fraser broke their back line at will and Harry Wilson and namesake Callum both came close to two of his crosses. So it came as no surprise when the visitors took the lead after only 13 minutes.
Wilder clashed with Andrew Surman during the game, before United fought back
Bournemouth faces a tough challenge to survive and is two points above the fall zone
At his home debut, the £ 22 million record from United that Sander Berge signed – whose family could not travel from Norway to Norway due to Storm Ciara – was the guilty party, who gave the ball just outside his own box.
Harry Wilson then led through Fraser, who brought the ball back to the loaned Liverpool player. And although Wilson’s shot was blocked by John Egan, Callum Wilson clinically sent the rebound to the roof of the net.
However, that goal seemed to encourage the hosts to take action and they started spreading the goal of the Cherries. Aaron Ramsdale kept Oli McBurnie’s header out of reach for the first of three consecutive Blades corners; pressure that eventually took its toll on Bournemouth.
From the Fleck inswinger, Berge extended a long leg to keep the ball in play, and after Fraser had stopped Egan’s shot on the line, Sharp was at the back post to hammer home only his second Premier League goal; the first of which was an equalizer in Bournemouth on the opening day of the season.
Sharp wore the captain’s armband and inspired the home team for their fans
Eddie Howe will trace the lost points and knows that his side is in the middle of a relegation scrap
The temples flared on the sidelines of the game on Sunday afternoon
With things warming up in the field, the temperatures even flared on the sidelines. When Surman rushed to get the ball back from the Blades bench, he pushed Wilder, who pushed him back. Fourth official Lee Mason had to step in between the pair – both of whom were booked – before a tough Bramall Lane security officer blocked other Bournemouth players from getting involved.
Back on the grass, Dean Henderson pulled a brilliant pair of dives to keep Fraser’s powerful left foot out after a rare Bournemouth attack, but it was the Blades who found a winner.
From the pass of Enda Stevens, Lys Mousset let the ball slide to fellow replacement Lundstram. And the rebel on the contract took one touch before he shot past Ramsdale – to make sure the Blades had enough to celebrate on that flight to Dubai.