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.
Blink and you’ll miss it! ⚡
Wolves score from a counter-attack as Willian Jose nets his first goal for the club and puts Sheffield United on the edge of relegation!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 17, 2021
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.