Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp’s penalty was only the ninth goal Sheffield United had scored in 18 Premier League matches this season

Sheffield United finally gained their first Premier League win of the season in their 18th game as they beat 10-man Newcastle United at Bramall Lane.

Newcastle’s Ryan Fraser was sent off late on in the first half after he picked up two bookings in a three-minute spell following fouls on John Fleck and David McGoldrick.

With a little over 15 minutes remaining the Blades were awarded a penalty when Federico Fernandez handled the ball, with the decision given after referee Andy Madley checked the incident on a video screen.

Substitute Billy Sharp sent goalkeeper Karl Darlow the wrong way from the spot for what proved the only goal of the game.

Rhian Brewster nearly added a second for the hosts late on but his deflected strike from 20 yards hit the foot of the post.

The victory ended a club record run of 20 league matches without a win since the Blades beat Chelsea 3-0 on 11 July, before ending the 2019-20 season with three successive defeats.

Their start to this campaign – no wins, two draws and 15 losses – was the worst in Premier League history.

The Blades remain bottom of the table but are now on five points, three behind 19th-placed West Brom and nine adrift of Brighton in 17th, having played a game more than both.

Meanwhile, Newcastle, who have now gone eight games without a win in all competitions, remain 15th, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Sharp reaches Blades’ landmark

The Blades, who only named seven out of a maximum nine permitted substitutes, were the better side in the first half, but, as so often this season, struggled to make that count.

John Lundstram twice shot wide when well placed, David McGoldrick had an effort saved by Darlow and headed another chance over, and Jayden Bogle was also denied by Darlow.

Sharp, introduced from the bench just before the hour, helped earn the penalty he converted, trying to run past Newcastle captain Fernandez, who flicked the ball away with his left hand.

Referee Madley had originally missed the handball, but after a video assistant referee check, he watched it again on a pitchside monitor, Sharp stepping up for his 100th league goal for the Blades.

Brewster nearly added a second late on, but there was also time for an anxious moment for Chris Wilder’s side in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

A mix-up between Bogle and home goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale saw the ball heading towards goal, before Ramsdale recovered to claw the ball away for a corner.

Wilder will be hoping his side can take confidence from this victory, especially as they now play three of the Premier League’s top five – Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City – in their next three league games.

Newcastle’s poor run continues

For Newcastle it has been a rotten month since they beat West Brom 2-1 on 12 December.

Since then they have only picked up two points from six Premier League matches and gone out of both the FA Cup and the EFL Cup, beaten in the latter by Championship side Brentford at the quarter-final stage.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce picked a defensive side for the trip to Sheffield and saw them fail to manage a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.

Their only opportunity of note fell to returning England striker Callum Wilson, who headed over from six yards out after a fine first-time cross from the right flank by Fernandez.

But after Fraser picked up two yellow cards inside a three-minute spell, fouling John Fleck and then McGoldrick needlessly out on the left touchline, Wilson was left isolated up front as Newcastle defended deep in a bid to hold on to a point.

Once behind, they brought on Andy Carroll and had a chance to score an injury-time equaliser but Jacob Murphy could only fire a free-kick straight at Ramsdale.

What’s next?

Sheffield United host Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the league on Sunday, 17 January (14:05 GMT).

Newcastle play their third away game in a row on Monday, 18 January (20:00 GMT) and it is another match at Arsenal, who beat them 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on 9 January.

More to follow.

Player of the match

McGoldrickDavid McGoldrick

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Sheffield United

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  2. Squad number10Player nameSharp

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  3. Squad number22Player nameAmpadu

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  4. Squad number24Player nameBrewster

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  5. Squad number12Player nameEgan

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  6. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

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  7. Squad number14Player nameBurke

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  8. Squad number20Player nameBogle

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  9. Squad number7Player nameLundstram

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  11. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

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  12. Squad number6Player nameBasham

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  13. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

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  14. Squad number15Player nameJagielka

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Newcastle United

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  8. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

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  9. Squad number14Player nameHayden

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  10. Squad number3Player nameDummett

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  12. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

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  13. Squad number16Player nameHendrick

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  14. Squad number21Player nameFraser

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Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2





  • 1Ramsdale
  • 6BashamSubstituted forBrewsterat 51′minutes
  • 12Egan
  • 22Ampadu
  • 20Bogle
  • 7Lundstram
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 23Osborn
  • 17McGoldrickBooked at 90minsSubstituted forJagielkaat 90+4′minutes
  • 14BurkeSubstituted forSharpat 59′minutesBooked at 80mins


  • 10Sharp
  • 11Mousset
  • 13Lowe
  • 15Jagielka
  • 18Foderingham
  • 24Brewster
  • 29Bryan


Formation 5-4-1



36S Longstaff14Hayden16Hendrick21Fraser


  • 26DarlowBooked at 69mins
  • 22YedlinSubstituted forMurphyat 84′minutes
  • 18FernándezSubstituted forCarrollat 77′minutes
  • 5SchärBooked at 86mins
  • 2Clark
  • 3DummettSubstituted forRitchieat 74′minutes
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 14HaydenBooked at 90mins
  • 16Hendrick
  • 21FraserBooked at 45mins
  • 13Wilson


  • 1Dubravka
  • 4M Longstaff
  • 7Carroll
  • 9Joelinton
  • 11Ritchie
  • 12Gayle
  • 23Murphy
  • 24Almirón
  • 57Anderson
Andy Madley

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Newcastle United 0.

  3. Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  4. Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jayden Bogle.

  5. Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

  8. Substitution, Sheffield United. Phil Jagielka replaces David McGoldrick.

  9. Offside, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp tries a through ball, but Rhian Brewster is caught offside.

  10. Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

  13. Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).

  15. Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

  18. Offside, Sheffield United. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

  19. Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).

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