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In Focus: Sheffield United

15 September 2017

It’s been an impressive start to the season for newly-promoted Sheffield United after a six-year exile from the second tier of English football.

They currently sit third in the league standings and will provide a tough test for Daniel Farke’s men at Bramall Lane on Saturday. Here’s our previews on City’s next opponents.

Summer signings
To build a squad able to compete in the Sky Bet Championship, manager Chris Wilder added ten new players to his squad in the summer transfer window.

In goal, 23-year-old Jamal Blackman, who spent last season with Wycombe Wanderers, joined the Blades on a loan deal from Chelsea.

In front of him, United signed experienced centre-back Richard Stearman from Fulham (pictured) as well as giving Ben Heneghan (Motherwell), Enda Stevens (Portsmouth), George Baldock (MK Dons) and Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) a first dig at the Championship.

There was just the one midfield addition made when John Lundstram who joined from Oxford United but up front, Ched Evans (Chesterfield) and Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) have a history of scoring goals at this level and their moves to Bramall Lane will provide Wilder’s squad with added firepower.

Previous meeting
The Blades have spent the past six seasons trying to get out of League One, with three failed play-off attempts and two mid-table finishes ending with a championship-winning campaign last year.

Therefore, you have to go back to 2011 to find when the two clubs last met – a 2-1 victory at Bramall Lane in January.

Canary fans will no doubt have fond memories of that season, which ended in promotion to the Premier League, and the victory over United was part of a spell when City lost just once in 18 matches.

Andrew Crofts (pictured) gave City the lead on the hour mark, capitalising on a mistake by goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, before Evans, who played for City in the 2007-08 season, responded moments later.

However, Crofts added his second with ten minutes to play to push City closer towards promotion.

Form guide
Sheffield United have won their last four games in the league and are currently third in the table.

They began life back in the Championship with a 1-0 victory over Brentford, thanks to Billy Sharp’s first-half strike.

However, back-to-back defeats followed away at Middlesbrough and then Cardiff City before they returned to winning ways in a Yorkshire derby against Barnsley.

A couple of impressive victories against Derby County and then away at recently-relegated Sunderland showed Blades fans that their team was more than capable of competing in the division.

Tuesday’s win at Bolton continued United’s strong run of form and City are faced with a difficult task on Saturday, particularly when you add in the fact their opponents have only lost once at Bramall Lane in 2017.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Simon Moore, Jamal Blackman, Jake Eastwood
Defenders: George Baldock, Enda Stevens, Jack O’Connell, Chris Basham, Jake Maxwell Wright, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kieron Freeman, Richard Stearman, Ben Heneghan, Daniel Lafferty
Midfielders: John Fleck, John Lundstram, Nathan Thomas, Paul Coutts, Mark Duffy, David Brooks, Samir Carruthers
Forwards: Leon Clarke, Billy Sharp, Clayton Donaldson, James Hanson, Caolan Lavery, Ched Evans

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City make it three unbeaten with victory over Sheffield United

16 September 2017

Norwich City made it three games unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship as Yanic Wildschut’s first-half strike was enough to beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

City took the lead on 23 minutes when Wildschut finished brilliantly from James Maddison’s through ball and it proved to be the difference in a tight game in south Yorkshire.

Daniel Farke made three changes to the side which drew 0-0 with Burton Albion on Tuesday. Wildschut came in on the right for Mario Vrancic and Maddison replaced Wes Hoolahan on the central attacking midfield position. Cameron Jerome made his first start since the defeat to Aston Villa for the injured Nelson Oliveira.

Both sides had chances in the opening few minutes. First, Ched Evans nodded straight into the arms of Angus Gunn from a corner before, at the other end, Josh Murphy got to the byline and his cutback was only cleared as far as Jerome who hit the side netting from a tight angle.

On 12 minutes, good play by Murphy allowed Maddison the chance to shoot in the area but instead he tried to square for Jerome - his pass was punted away by the Blades defence. However, the best chance of the opening 20 minutes came for the hosts as David Brooks’ close-range strike was beaten away well by Gunn.

However, midway through the first-half, City got the lead they merited. Jerome did brilliantly to hold the ball up under pressure and play it to Maddison who showed great awareness to slide in Wildschut. He let the ball roll across his path before firing a low strike into the bottom corner.

After the goal, City were happy to let their opponents have possession but the hosts rarely threatened Gunn in the City goal. Chances were few and far between for United, with captain Paul Coutts firing just wide on half an hour and Mark Duffy’s free-kick curling well wide a few minutes later.

City’s best chance to double their lead came from Marco Stiepermann who tried his luck from 30 yards but his powerful strike flew just wide of Jamal Blackman’s left hand post.

After the interval, City were again defending brilliantly and restricting their opponents to very little. John Fleck had a long range strike fly straight into the arms of Gunn on 48 minutes and that was as good as it got for United in the opening stages of the second half.

The hosts were beginning to get frustrated, with manager Chris Wilder given a talking to by the referee for kicking some water bottles on 63 minutes.

Farke brought on James Husband for Murphy minutes before and the left-back, turned left-winger for the final half an hour, jinked past two and went down in the box on 65 minutes. However, the referee waved City’s appeals for a penalty away.

City stemmed the tide of United pressure and looked comfortable going into the final ten minutes. However, Coutts headed wide from a corner on 80 minutes when he really should have done better.

The Canaries could have easily been awarded a penalty moments later when Maddison was clearly bundled over in the box by Blackman but the referee waved away the appeals.

City had struggled defensively in recent games but this performance was one of grit and determination. Farke’s men managed to see out the final few minutes and earn their third clean sheet in a row and their first league victory on the road this season.

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Ticket Info: Sheffield United

13 September 2017

Tickets for this Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game at Sheffield United will remain on sale until 3pm on Friday.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults - £27
Over-60s - £21
Students - £16
18-21 - £16
Under-18s - £14

Tickets are available until 3pm on Friday either ONLINE, by phone on 0844 826 1902 or from the ticket offices at Carrow Road, Castle Mall or Chapelfield.

Coach travel is priced at £19, with a £1 discount for season ticket holders and members.

Coaches will depart from outside Carrow Road at 9am on the day of the game.

Please note, tickets will NOT be available from Sheffield United on the day of the game and supporters wishing to attend MUST purchase tickets by 3pm on Friday.

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