Sheffield United’s Premier League misery continues as West Ham win 1-0 at Bramall Lane

The Blades remained rooted to the foot of the table, after no wins in nine, whilst the Hammers picked up their first away win since October.

The hosts carved out the better chances in the opening exchanges, with George Baldock and Oli McBurnie forcing early stops from Lukasz Fabianski.

David Moyes’ side did grow into the game before the break, as United began to turn the screw, but Tomas Soucek nodded over their best chance.

The Blades continued to have the upper hand after the break, as David McGoldrick tested Fabianksi, but their familiar lack of cutting edge was exposed on the hour.

Oli Norwood lost possession in midfield as Declan Rice slipped in Sebastien Haller outside the box, and the Malian fired an unstoppable effort past Aaron Ramsdale.

That goal knocked some of the life out of Chris Wilder’s team, as West Ham pushed for a second.

And Rice was inches away from securing the game as his header hit the bar on another frustrating afternoon for the Blades.

Full Time at Bramall Lane it’s Sheffield United 0 West Ham 1

Liverpool fight back to secure 2-1 Premier League win over Sheffield United

A first half penalty from Sander Berge gave the Blades a fighting chance at Anfield but goals either side of the break from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota secured all three points for the Reds.

Liverpool looked to overpower Chris Wilder’s side right from the off on Merseyside as John Egan cleared Sadio Mane’s effort off the line inside 60 seconds.

But despite struggling to live with Liverpool early on the visitors were handed a perfect opportunity after ten minutes.

Oli McBurnie was caught by Fabinho just inside the box and after a quick VAR check Berge calmly tucked home from the spot.

That goal injected some life into the Blades as McBurnie forced a smart stop from Alisson and Berge fired just wide.

But just as United were second best from kick off, Liverpool produced an equaliser out of nothing just before the break.

Aaron Ramsdale reacted brilliantly to keep out a header from Mane but Firmino stayed alive to cushion the rebound.

The Blades picked up the initiative after the break and Alisson was called into to beat out Oli Burke’s drive.

However, with United unable to turn their pressure into goals, Liverpool showed the clinical style of champions as Jota netted his first Premier League goal for the club.

Mane did brilliantly out wide to twist and turn and stand up a cross into the box with Jota arrived right on cue to power a header past Ramsdale.

United were forced to go for broke in the closing minutes as substitute David McGoldrick fired over the top before Salah wasted a golden chance to make it three.

Full time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 2 Sheffield United 1

Sheffield United and Fulham share the spoils in 1-1 Bramall Lane draw

Both sides have struggled in the opening weeks of the campaign, but a point apiece at full time was a fair enough result in West Yorkshire.

The Blades had the better chances in frantic opening 45 minutes with John Lundstrum and Enda Stevens both testing Alphonse Areola from distance.

But it was Scottish international Oli McBurnie that missed their best early chance as Areola reacted brilliantly to bat away his header.

That slice of luck allowed Fulham to gain the ascendency after the break and the Cottagers were gifted a perfect chance to edge in front on the hour.

Jack Robinson was penalised for handball inside the box but the normally reliable Aleksandar Mitrovic fired his spot kick off the bar.

But despite their rock bottom confidence, Fulham were not to be denied an opener, as Ademola Lookman smashed home with 12 minutes left.

The visitors looked to batten down the hatches in the final minutes but United found themselves a late equaliser as veteran Billy Sharp tucked home from the spot.

FULL TIME AT BRAMALL LANE IT’S SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 FULHAM 1