Sheffield United 2-0 Millwall: Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge on track as Blades beat Lions

Sander Berge
Sander Berge scored for the primary time in seven video games to double the Blades’ lead

Sheffield United bounced again from an opening-day defeat with a comfy win over Millwall at Bramall Lane.

After suffering to create probabilities in defeat at Watford, Iliman Ndiaye gave the Blades an early lead, planting a company right-footed shot into the nook of the online.

And halfway during the first 1/2 it used to be 2-0 when John Fleck seized on Charlie Cresswell’s deficient miscue and squared to Sander Berge who rounded goalkeeper Bart Bialkowski and slotted in.

Bialkowski avoided additional harm via saving Oliver Norwood’s first-half penalty kick after Jake Cooper had tripped Rhian Brewster.

Having failed to seek out the objective and struggled to carve out probabilities in defeat at Watford, the Blades had Manchester Town loanee James McAtee at the bench and had been 2-0 up and cruising via the halfway degree of the primary 1/2.

Lions defender Cresswell, on mortgage from Leeds, were the two-goal hero of an encouraging 2-0 opening-day win, however found out how temporarily fortunes can trade with a obvious mistake for the Blades’ 2nd target.

The guests’ beneficiant protecting persevered when Jamie Shackleton’s careless cross-field cross gave Brewster a run on target forcing Cooper to concede a spot-kick.

His blushes had been spared via a diving penalty save from Bialkowski who had previous performed smartly to dam a close-range strike from debutant defender Anel Ahmedhodzic.

The Lions had been knocked out of the EFL Cup at League One facet Cambridge in midweek and huffed and puffed for some way again after the wreck.

Then again, they had been not able to significantly check house keeper Wes Foderingham, Ged Wallace firing their perfect likelihood large.

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom informed BBC Radio Sheffield:

“We all know what Millwall are on the subject of their danger. They scored over a 3rd in their targets from set performs ultimate season and best of the league in probabilities constructed from set performs so we had been acutely aware of that and ready for it.

“We handled that smartly all recreation and if truth be told scored a target at the counter off certainly one of them, which used to be large.

“All the ones issues that pass left out and don’t seem to be mentioned we had been truly sturdy lately.

“The issues which are spotted, us shifting the ball faster, growing probabilities, taking part in at the entrance foot, I assumed that used to be there as smartly, in particular within the first 1/2.”

Millwall supervisor Gary Rowett informed BBC London 94.9:

“It used to be a disappointing efficiency, in particular the primary 1/2. You’ll’t give Sheffield United presents at Bramall Lane.

“I assumed that we began the hole levels of the sport reasonably smartly and there used to be reasonably a large second. I’ve watched it again loads and plenty of instances and I felt there used to be a large shove on Jake Cooper for the primary target.

“The referee stated to me there is a transparent directive to permit extra bodily touch and I will remember that.

“I haven’t any drawback with that as a supervisor, it is almost certainly wanted, however what you’ve got then were given to do is you should definitely get it appropriate in the suitable spaces. A bad is a nasty whether or not there’s touch or now not, so for me it used to be a deficient choice.”

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 18FoderinghamBooked at 90mins
  • 15Ahmedhodzic
  • 12Egan
  • 26ClarkBooked at 82mins
  • 2Baldock
  • 16Norwood
  • 4FleckSubstituted forOsbornat 72′mins
  • 33Norrington-DaviesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Berge
  • 29NdiayeSubstituted forJebbisonat 67′mins
  • 7BrewsterSubstituted forSharpat 67′mins

Substitutes

  • 10Sharp
  • 11Khadra
  • 13Lowe
  • 23Osborn
  • 28McAtee
  • 36Jebbison
  • 37Amissah

Millwall

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 15Cresswell
  • 5Cooper
  • 3M Wallace
  • 2McNamaraBooked at 90mins
  • 8Mitchell
  • 16Shackleton
  • 11Malone
  • 23SavilleSubstituted forBureyat 81′mins
  • 20BennettBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOlaofeat 80′mins
  • 7Afobe

Substitutes

  • 1Lengthy
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Evans
  • 14Burey
  • 25Olaofe
  • 35Muller
  • 40Topalloj

Referee:
David Coote

Attendance:
27,738

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