Sheffield United have chance to capitalise on early Premier League gift at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United have chance to capitalise on early Premier League gift at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED have been dealt a good hand by the early fixture schedule as they bid to find their feet in the Premier League. A draw at Bournemouth on the opening day of the season has set them up for three home dates, all winnable, which could help set the narrative over the months to come. What happened at the Vitality Stadium offered a revealing insight into the best approach and a familiar one.

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Sheffield United find last piece of jigsaw and boost bid to return Premier League football at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United find last piece of jigsaw and boost bid to return Premier League football at Bramall Lane

SHEFFIELD UNITED have found the last piece of the jigsaw in their bid to return Premier League football to Bramall Lane. Game management, which has so often eluded the Blades this season, came into play at The Hawthorns where they defended a 1-0 first-half lead over formidable promotion rivals West Brom. More of the same and the top flight will look a good deal closer.

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Sharp spells it out for Sheffield United who must answer some big questions after collapse at Aston Villa rekindles doubts

Sharp spells it out for Sheffield United who must answer some big questions after collapse at Aston Villa rekindles doubts

BILLY SHARP’s moment of personal achievement was overshadowed by Sheffield United’s collapse at Villa Park in which they squandered a three-goal lead to leave with a point. The skipper’s hat-trick made it 101 goals for him in a Blades shirt. Sharp, however, still believes it can be regarded as a good point if he and his teammates come up with the perfect response, starting at Middlesbrough.

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Leading Sheffield United into Premier League would be some story says English league football's 21st century super striker Billy Sharp

Leading Sheffield United into Premier League would be some story says English league football's 21st century super striker Billy Sharp

BILLY SHARP’S 220th English league goal scored in the New Year’s Day 3-0 win at Wigan confirmed him as this century’s leading marksman. Now the Blades captain has set his sights on fulfilling another dream by leading Sheffield United into the Premier League.

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Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp ready to welcome cavalry in January transfer window as Blades bid to solve strike problem at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp ready to welcome cavalry in January transfer window as Blades bid to solve strike problem at Bramall Lane

BILLY SHARP continued to cut a frustrated figure as Sheffield United failed to claim all three points despite a dominant display in a 1-1 draw at bottom-of-the-table Ipswich Town. It is becoming a familiar tale but the Blades skipper and top scorer who claimed his 13th goal of the season, is hoping new arrivals in the January transfer window will change all that.

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is Blades super striker Billy Sharp's biggest critic at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is Blades super striker Billy Sharp's biggest critic at Bramall Lane

BILLY SHARP’S hat-trick against Wigan which helped lift Sheffield United two points clear at the top of the Championship, was the striker’s latest answer to boss Chris Wilder who pushed him down the pecking order last season. Sharp, a model professional, just lets his football do the talking and is now six goals short of becoming English league football’s top scorer in the 21st century.

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Final reckoning hides Sheffield United's giant effort to reach Championship play-offs as Blades boss Wilder prepares for showdown with warring owners

Final reckoning hides Sheffield United's giant effort to reach Championship play-offs as Blades boss Wilder prepares for showdown with warring owners

THE final analysis shows Sheffield United finished tenth in the Championship, six points short of the play-offs. But those stats hide the real story of another terrific season at Bramall Lane and the giant strides Chris Wilder’s over-performing squad took in an effort to prolong a promotion bid.

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Why Sheffield United's misfiring striker Leon Clarke is untouchable as Blades prepare to resume race for the play-offs

Why Sheffield United's misfiring striker Leon Clarke is untouchable as Blades prepare to resume race for the play-offs

LEON CLARKE has scored just once in his last 14 appearances but his place in Sheffield United's side appears safe no matter that the club's top scorer has stopped delivering. But Clarke isn't the only one. Boss Chris Wilder's hands appear tied as the Blades prepare to resume their race for the play-offs after the international break. Whatever their fate, a big shake-up in the strike department must be on the way.

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Wilder masterstoke? No, but Sheffield United have nine points from twelve so what's all the fuss been about.

Wilder masterstoke? No, but Sheffield United have nine points from twelve so what's all the fuss been about.

SO what has all the fuss been about? Sheffield United returned to winning ways at Reading and have now taken nine points from their last possible twelve. They're back in a play-off spot only four days after manager Chris Wilder declared the club's promotion hopes were over with 13 matches left to play. A managerial masterstroke? Not on this occasion.

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Super Sharp puts Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder on the spot as top scorer Clarke continues to fire blanks

Super Sharp puts Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder on the spot as top scorer Clarke continues to fire blanks

BILLY SHARP answered his doubters in the best possible way. He let his ability to score goals do the talking, netting twice to defeat former club Leeds at Bramall Lane and lift Sheffield United back to within touching distance of the play-offs. It was Sharp's first Championship start of 2018 and it gave his boss Chris Wilder plenty to think about.

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It's game on and my boys really want it says Sheffield United boss Wilder after clinching double over faltering Leeds

It's game on and my boys really want it says Sheffield United boss Wilder after clinching double over faltering Leeds

IT'S game on says Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder buoyed by his side's second victory of the season against Leeds which moved them to within three points of the play-offs and re-established their promotion credentials. It completed an eventful seven days during which it was announced that club co-owner Kevin McCabe is ready to sell his 50 per cent share to partner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

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Anxious times for Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp after becoming backseat driver in big derby showdown at the Lane

Anxious times for Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp after becoming backseat driver in big derby showdown at the Lane

SOME Sheffield United fans were left scratching their heads when Billy Sharp, top scorer for the last two seasons remained on the bench in the latest Steel City derby. Manager Chris Wilder opted to bring on loan signing James Wilson ahead of the Blades skipper at a crucial time for his debut in front of 31,000 at Bramall Lane. It was a failed effort to break down Sheffield Wednesday's stubborn defence as the man most likely watched from the dugout.

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Who dares wins Premier prize. Furious Sheffield United boss Wilder's message to players (ditto owners) as he bids to halt Blades slide after crash at Millwall.

Who dares wins Premier prize. Furious Sheffield United boss Wilder's message to players (ditto owners) as he bids to halt Blades slide after crash at Millwall.

CHRIS WILDER went ballistic after defeat at Millwall which left Sheffield United with just one point and nine goals conceded from their last three matches. The Blades slipped to fourth in the Championship table and their manager had an abrupt message for all if they want to capitalise on a chance of returning Premier League football to Bramall Lane next season.

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Gloves are off at Sheffield United as manager and players finally admit Premier League is in their sights and boss Wilder sends message to club co-owners

Gloves are off at Sheffield United as manager and players finally admit Premier League is in their sights and boss Wilder sends message to club co-owners

MANAGER and players have come out fighting after an uncomfortable week at Bramall Lane to finally admit they fully expect to make a strong bid for promotion to the Premier League. This after dropping five home points in the space of four days which has seen them slip to third to ignite a defiant response. Boss Chris Wilder has a message for the club's co-owners as well.

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As Sheffield United boss Wilder finally slips up, Blades skipper Sharp has derby day advice for teammates

As Sheffield United boss Wilder finally slips up, Blades skipper Sharp has derby day advice for teammates

SO he is human after all. Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder let his emotions get the better of him and was sent off during a 1-0 home defeat to Norwich. Meanwhile skipper Billy Sharp is warning that cool heads are required when the Blades head to Hillsborough at the weekend. It's a timely reminder for all concerned.

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Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke steals the show and Blades boss says best is yet to come for Sheffield United Championship match-winner Billy Sharp

Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke steals the show and Blades boss says best is yet to come for Sheffield United Championship match-winner Billy Sharp

BILLY SHARP, top scorer for the last two seasons, got himself and Sheffield United off the Championship mark with the match-winner against Brentford at a packed Bramall Lane. Manager Chris Wilder says the 31-year-old striker has yet to reach the peak of what he's capable of. Sharp grabbed the headlines on the day partner up front Leon Clarke was the real story.

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Blades striker Billy Sharp's not bad for a fat lad from Sheffield as he aims even higher for title-winning United

Blades striker Billy Sharp's not bad for a fat lad from Sheffield as he aims even higher for title-winning United

BILLY SHARP is enjoying the best season of his career at the age 0f 31. The striker, Sheffield United's top scorer for two successive seasons, has just claimed his 201st career goal and is leading marksman of all four divisions. Now he's aiming to join prolific former striker Keith Edwards in the post-war record book at Bramall Lane.

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Las Vegas here we come: Title-winning Sheffield United are heading for League One promotion party in the States.

Las Vegas here we come: Title-winning Sheffield United are heading for League One promotion party in the States.

SHEFFIELD UNITED were crowned League One champions without kicking a ball and are now planning a promotion party in Las Vegas, Bolton's defeat at 10-man Oldham ensured the Trotters could not overhaul United's 91 points total with three matches remaining. Now 28,000 celebrating United fans will pack into Bramall Lane for an Easter Monday knees-up against former Blade Stuart McCall's play-off seeking Bradford City.

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It just got even better for Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp after he's named League One Player of the Year

It just got even better for Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp after he's named League One Player of the Year

IT DOESN'T get much better for Sheffield United's 26-goal striker Billy Sharp. He was named EFL League One Player of the Season at a star-studded ceremony in London just 24 hours after helping the Blades, who he has supported since a boy, clinch promotion to the Championship. He was also named in the EFL Team of the Year.

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