Sharp eyeing great escape after Sheffield United beat Newcastle

  • Sharp eyeing great escape after Sheffield United beat Newcastle

Sharp eyeing great escape after Sheffield United beat Newcastle

Victory still leaves them nine points adrift of safety and three daunting upcoming fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Manchester City.

Substitute Billy Sharp netted the game's only goal from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute.

The atmosphere around Newcastle has been hard since they were beaten by Championship side Brentford in the EFL Cup quarter-final and it became grimmer on Tuesday after the Sheffield United result.

Wilder's side have made the worst ever start to a Premier League season and their first target will be to avoid the ignominy of getting fewer points than the 11 Derby managed in 2007-08.

Two quickfire bookings for Ryan Fraser just before half-time left the visitors a man down for the full second-half.

"It's a huge relief, I'm so happy for the boys". We've got an incredible challenge ahead of us but if we can make it competitive. It was scrappy at times, but in the first-half I thought we were brilliant. We've not had a great time in the last few months but we've got to keep our heads high now.

"Everyone has written us off, the pressure is off".

"If Steve Bruce is saying that he has tried everything, then maybe what he is trying is not good enough and they do need to change".

The result ended a record run of 20 league matches without a win for the Blades and will undoubtedly be a relief for everyone connected to the club.

The hosts' manager Wilder summed up his feelings after the whistle. Every minute of every hour of every day!

"But what I would say is if you are not going to change nothing, nothing is going to change".

"We should have got more results, we know that, but the performance was good".

"I imagine the sending off and the penalty will be talked about, but in my opinion we were value for the victory tonight". A long ball forward was contested between Sharp and Federico Fernandez in the box, with the Blades striker going down under the challenge.

Sharp took a few deep breaths and sent the excellent Darlow the wrong way.