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Heckingbottom says Sheff Utd loss to Wolves typified relegation season | TEAMtalk

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Heckingbottom says Sheff Utd loss to Wolves typified relegation season | TEAMtalk

Paul Heckingbottom believed that Sheffield United’s 1-0 loss to Wolves summed up their season after their relegation to the Championship was confirmed.

United have known their fate for some time but now it is official. They have matched the record for the joint-lowest number of games taken to go down in a Premier League season. There will still be six games to play before their time in the top flight ends.

Interim boss Heckingbottom has tried to steady a sinking ship in recent weeks but knew as soon as he took the reins that the club were already preparing for next season in the second tier.

REPORT: Wolves 1-0 Sheffield United

Heckingbottom now wants to see the group he has inherited go down with their heads held high.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s about results, isn’t it? The only thing we can control is the performance.

“We have to go out with our head held high. I think we should have certainly got something from the game. It probably typifies our season.

“You only have to look at the physical data from the Premier League this season. It’s not through a lack of effort. They will give everything and you saw it again tonight.

“It was that one moment. We gave Wolves their best chances. We got into too many good positions not to score.


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“We were on top. Everyone could see that in the second half. We created our best moment then 20 seconds later the ball was in the back of the net. This season that has got away from the team and that is why we have suffered.

“It’s those moments. The little bit of quality that need to be there to win games. At the other end, being a little too open and being able to shut those chances out.

“Those are the moments Sheffield United have been really strong [in the past]. But if you pick a game to typify this season, it was that.

“We were on top, missed chances and this league won’t give you a second chance.”

Heckingbottom hopes Blades bounce back

It is likely someone else will be in charge at Bramall Lane next season, but Heckingbottom was still able to offer the club some words of advice for the future.

He continued: “It’s not for me to say on TV on what I think [needs to be learned]. But there has to be a mentality to get straight back.

“You have to keep the group of players together and look to build and enjoy the challenges of what will be another tough season in the Championship.

“They had to fight, dig deep and gather promotion to get out that league. It’s really difficult.

“Make sure the group is as strong as it can possibly be. That’s what everyone wants and it has to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds now.

“Everyone wants to play in this league. You need to get promoted and that’s everyone’s driving force.”

READ MORE: Nuno Espirito Santo sends classy Sheffield United message

 

Nuno outlines area Wolves must improve; sends classy Sheff Utd message | TEAMtalk

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Nuno outlines area Wolves must improve; sends classy Sheff Utd message | TEAMtalk

Nuno Espirito Santo admitted that Wolves need to change how they manage leads going forwards after edging out Sheffield United 1-0.

Wolves earned back-to-back wins by outscoring Sheffield United by a single goal at Molineux. It confirmed their opponents’ relegation to the Championship. For their own part, though, it included a welcome confidence boost for Willian Jose, who got his first goal in a Wolves shirt.

It was far from a thrilling game, though, with Wolves rarely testing Aaron Ramsdale. They managed a total of five shots on target.

Hence, Nuno knows there are still areas for them to improve as they look to push towards the top half in the final weeks of the season.

He told Sky Sports: “It wasn’t a good game. We were solid, compact and we had chances. We started the second half well and scored the goal, but then we dropped too much.

“We allowed Sheffield United to control the game, and we need to do much better with our counter-attacks.

“There’s always a sense of protection to keep what you have. Clearly that’s not always the best way to do it. That’s something we have to improve going forward.

“The second half was much better, the aggression was there.

“We have to make decisions based on the squad and the players. It’s not about the system, it’s more about the approach and idea that we have to build on.

“We achieved a good result today. It wasn’t the best performance today, let’s hope we can improve on the performance.”


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The good thing for Nuno was Willian Jose getting off the mark, which the Wolves boss thinks was deserved.

He said: “Willian works very hard for the team. He works a lot between the lines.

“The goal was missing, but today he got the goal and we go from there. The obligation of goalscoring is not just with the strikers.”

Nuno sends Sheffield United message

Having delivered the final blow to send Sheffield United down, Nuno sent a classy message to their opponents.

He said: “We started together in the Championship. Chris Wilder achieved promotion and their first season in the Premier League was amazing with the same players.

“I have big admiration for Sheffield. The character of their group of players is immense.

“I’m very sad, but I’m sure they’ll bounce back.”

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Sheffield United relegated after Willian Jose gets his first Wolves goal

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Sheffield United relegated after Willian Jose gets his first Wolves goal

Sheffield United have been relegated after a 1-0 loss to Wolves made it impossible for them to escape the bottom three.

It has been a nightmare campaign for the Blades, who have known their fate for a long time. However, now it is official and they can no longer acquire enough points to stay up. The final blow was delivered by Willian Jose who finished off a counter attack to get his first goal in English football.

Despite the prospect of their impending fate, United started the game on the front foot. Wolves keeper Rui Patricio had to be smart to keep hold of the ball after gathering a pacy cross.

At the other end, Wolves had a serious of corners in quick succession. The latter culminated in Oliver Norwood having to head the ball off the line and onto the bar to prevent a Willy Boly flick going in. Blades keeper Aaron Ramsdale was then able to gather.

John Fleck was the next player to try his luck, but the United midfielder missed the target from outside the box.

Limited to half-chances, Wolves then saw Adama Traore head the ball down for Daniel Podence. From a wide angle, though, he could not direct the ball goalward.

A better chance came when Rayan Ait-Nouri stung the palms of Ramsdale after digging the ball out from his feet.

A clash between Ait-Nouri and Rhian Brewster left both worse for wear and prompted a VAR check. However, both players escaped with a booking.

The second half began with Ramsdale claiming a low cross from Ruben Semedo. At least it was a signal of intent from Wolves that they may create more danger in the final 45 minutes.

Clinical counter attack

The biggest chance yet came when Enda Stevens had a shot blocked by Semedo. But Wolves went straight down the other end and scored on the counter attack.

Traore dribbled down the right wing and took it round his marker, putting it on a plate for Willian Jose, who flicked it past Ramsdale for his first Wolves goal.

United now needed to score to avoid being relegated on the night and Stevens forced a save from Patricio with a right-footed strike.

They had faint appeals for a penalty when Stevens went down lightly in the box. The referee had no interest in awarding a spot kick.

Then a big chance came Norwood’s way as he struck from the edge of the box. Patricio blocked it, but even so, there had been an offside in the buildup.

At the other end, Ramsdale made a save to deny Romain Saiss from close range. A counter attack ensued but it did not end in the same manner as Wolves’ had.

Hence, there was no delaying the inevitable. When the final whistle blew, Sheffield United had to accept their fate of being a Championship team again next season.

 

Seven brilliant Thiago Silva stats from his flawless display against Man City – Planet Football

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Seven brilliant Thiago Silva stats from his flawless display against Man City - Planet Football

Despite playing with a back injury for most of the game, Thiago Silva produced an incredible performance in Chelsea‘s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City. 

Silva joined the Blues on a free transfer in 2020 and has proved that age is just a number, helping shore up a defence that was leaky last season.

The Brazil international had to be substituted in the closing stages but we’ve listed seven stats from his impressive performance at Wembley. 

– Silva had a 100% tackle success rate against City and also won 100% of his aerial duels.

– The Brazil international made six clearances at Wembley, more than any other player on the pitch.

– He made two interceptions and one crucial block for his team.

– Despite having the likes of Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden on their team, no City players were able to dribble past Silva during his 88 minutes on the pitch.

– Modern-day defenders have to be comfortable playing out from the back and Silva more than fits the bill. He made 44 passes against City and every single one of them found a Chelsea team-mate. 

– The 36-year-old also showcased his impressive passing range, completing three long passes.

– Silva helped Chelsea become just the second team to keep a clean sheet against Pep Guardiola’s side in 2021.


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Seven stats from Thiago Silva’s flawless display against Man City – PF | TEAMtalk

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Seven stats from Thiago Silva's flawless display against Man City - PF | TEAMtalk

Despite playing with a back injury for most of the game, Thiago Silva produced an incredible performance in Chelsea‘s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City. 

Silva joined the Blues on a free transfer in 2020 and has proved that age is just a number, helping shore up a defence that was leaky last season.

The Brazil international had to be substituted in the closing stages but we’ve listed seven stats from his impressive performance at Wembley. 

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