✍️ Bentley joins Robins
Posted: Friday, July 1st 2022
Sunday, November 28th 2021
Goals from Rhian Brewster and Billy Sharp sank City at a snowy Bramall Lane.
The Robins were unable to reply despite creating a handful of good chances in a game extended by 13 added minutes after Nathan Baker was stretchered off with a head injury.
Nigel Pearson made one enforced change from the side that beat Stoke City at Ashton Gate in midweek, Han-Noah Massengo replacing the injured Joe Williams in midfield.
It was 17th against 18th as Sheffield United came into the game above City on goal difference, and they had Paul Heckingbottom in the dugout for his first game as permanent manager after Slavisa Jokanovic departed the club days earlier.
City were wearing their new purple and lime third kit for the first time, two-and-half years on from Andi Weimann’s hat-trick at Bramall Lane wearing those same colours.
Morgan Gibbs-White burst into the City box early on, but his dangerous, driven cross evaded everyone in the six-yard box and went out for a throw-in.
United continued to put City under pressure in the opening few minutes, and Gibbs-White was involved again as he beat Bakinson on the edge of the box but smashed his shot over into the stand where the travelling City fans were situated.
Enda Stevens’ cross found fellow wing-back Jayden Bogle at the back post, but the former Derby County man could only divert his looped header wide of Dan Bentley’s goal.
The visitors had their best chance of the game when Alex Scott’s outswinging corner was headed goal bound by Chris Martin, only for Wes Foderingham to dive andn save to his right.
Bentley then comfortably saved a left-footed Conor Hourihane shot from distance as heavy snow began to fall at Bramall Lane.
The Blades took the lead five minutes before half time when Brewster found himself in space on the edge of the City box and slotted his effort into the bottom corner on the turn.
City looked a lot brighter at the beginning of the second period, seeing more of the ball in the final third of the pitch.
Nigel Pearson was forced into a change early on in the half, as Baker was stretchered off to a standing ovation from both sets of fans after a collision with Chris Basham, and Rob Atkinson replaced him in the City back three.
The Robins broke well and Weimann laid the ball into the path of Bakinson, but City’s number 15 saw his curling effort saved by Foderingham.
Gibbs-White had another chance for Sheffield United but his shot was straight at Bentley, who blocked it with his chest on this occasion.
Bentley did well to tip Sharp’s acrobatic effort over the bar for a corner.
City had two great chances to equalise in quick succession. First Nahki Wells couldn't find Weimann in acres of space in the Blades box, before O’Dowda’s cross was deflected goal wards by a United defender, but Foderingham did well to hold onto the ball.
Sheffield United doubled their lead on 88 minutes when David McGoldrick found Sharp, who beat Bentley to the ball.
City looked for a response and Tomas Kalas’ dipping cross was diverted wide by Wells in what turned out to be the final chance of a difficult afternoon for Pearson’s men.
Report by Kory Cook
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