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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Blades had to win at Craven Cottage to keep their slim hopes of staying in the survival picture alive but they lacked ambition
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It's the hope in football that kills you. Just when this side looked to be getting their mojo back at the perfect time to mount an audacious attempt at the Great Escape, they fall back on old habits. Six wins in nine in all competitions had seen belief that there was plenty of fight left in this team start to grow, but at the point where United really had to make a statement and chip away at the gap to fourth-bottom, they produce two defeats that smack of a relegation team. Monday's 3-0 thumping against West Ham was followed by a 1-0 surrender here at Craven Cottage. But most baffling of all was the attacking intent. Or lack of it. This was a game they had to win, but they did not come here with enough ambition to do that. The team line-up lacked creativity, pace and United could not get out of their own half for large parts of this match. Ademola Lookman's goal on the hour was the difference and it was another weak defensive effort, this time from Ethan Ampadu, that allowed the forward a clear strike on goal. In truth, the result was never in doubt and the warning signs were there early on. Read More Related Articles Fulham vs Sheffield United highlights: Lookman goal settles poor encounter at Craven Cottage Read More Related Articles 'Tearing his hair out' - Graeme Souness explains the key reason for Sheffield United's plight But it took until the 73rd minute for manager Chris Wilder to make an attacking change, but it was 73 minutes too late because this side lacked that intent from the off. United were again handicapped before a ball had been kicked with John Egan being ruled out for eight weeks, adding yet more injury woe to a season blighted by team selection issues.
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. This is not a squad that can cope with the loss of so many of its main actors and it's a big reason behind their struggles this season.
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But the other reason is what happened on the pitch tonight. United simply haven't been good enough when it matters. They did show some signs of life after Lookman's winner, with Enda Stevens wasting a glorious chance with an effort that was as tame as this side's performance. Billy Sharp also had a couple of sights of goal and Jayden Bogle thought he had won a penalty following a challenge on keeper Alphonse Areola, but the referee awarded a free-kick to the keeper. To add more salt into United's wounds, Chris Basham limped off with what looked like a hamstring injury shortly after half-time and the end of the season cannot come soon enough. It's now safe to say that Sheffield United's Premier League race is run and they should start preparing for life in the Championship.
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