Yorkshire news 'Great Escape has lift off': What national media made of United win MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Blades secured their first win of the season after 18 matches with a 1-0 success over Newcastle at Bramall Lane
Breaking News ! Sheffield United finally got their first league win of the season at the 18th time of asking last night against Newcastle United. Billy Sharp's penalty 17 minutes from time settled a close encounter that United dominated for large spells. The win comes as a huge relief for everyone connected to the club after what has been a difficult season and the hope now is that they can build on this success. Here is what the national media watching from the Bramall Lane press box made of that performance. 'Can the Blades now conjure up something special?' - The Sun "Billy Sharp's 73rd-minute penalty gave what would be the greatest of great escapes lift off at last. "With just two points from a possible 51 beforehand, Sheffield United had been written off by everyone - including their own fans. "And while Chris Wilder kept saying how he believed they could pull off a miracle, you wondered whether he really meant it. "But now, after their first win from 18 attempts, can the Blades conjure up something truly special? "In truth, they cannot have wished for an easier opponent to stop the rot. "Newcastle were a shambles and Steve Bruce knows he will be copping it from all angles after this horror show." 'Start of something special or faint flicker of hope that fizzles out?' - Guardian "Only in the weeks ahead will we learn whether this was the start of something special for Sheffield United, or a faint flicker of hope that ultimately fizzles out. "But perhaps we should have known that it would be here, against the most embarrassing opposition performance they will face all season, that the Blades’ long wait for a league victory would come to an end. Oliver Norwood and Rhian Brewster celebrate with Billy Sharp after the striker's penalty against Newcastle. (Photo by Oli Scarff, Getty Images) "Three days on from a first win in all competitions, the home side had renewed vigour about the prospect of staging the greatest of all escapes. "Newcastle, who have now scored just one goal in 10 hours, were the ideal opponents to claim that long-elusive league win at the 18th attempt. By full time, there were few who could argue with this result being the right one." 'It was more dramatic than it needed to be' - Sky Sports "The Blades are over the line for their first win of the Premier League season.
." 'Still a monumental task to keep Sheffield United up' - ESPN "There was huge relief when the final whistle sounded and while Wilder still faces a monumental task to try to keep the club up, the mood of gloom hanging over Bramall Lane has been lifted, at least temporarily. "Victory more than doubled Sheffield United's points tally to five, although they remain rock bottom and nine points behind Brighton and Hove Albion who sit one place above the drop zone."
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'With this win comes belated hope of pulling off the greatest escape' - Daily Mail "Sheffield United thought they were the worst team in the Premier League until Newcastle United turned up at Bramall Lane. "It has taken 18 matches to find an opponent so subservient and seemingly oblivious to their horrendous start to the season - two points from a possible 51 the lowest in top-flight history - and so Chris Wilder's side took full advantage.
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"That they only won by one goal - Billy Sharp's 73rd-minute penalty - was not reflective of their superiority, but with this first victory comes belated hope of pulling off what would rank as the greatest escape."
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