Sheffield United 2 Sunderland 1: Story of the night after Lynden Gooch goal and Dan Neil red card

Sunderland suffered their first Championship defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-1 at Sheffield United.

Alex Neil’s side held their own for the opening 30 minutes before Dan Neil was shown a straight red card and defender Anel Ahmedhodzic headed the hosts ahead.

The Blades then made it 2-0 shortly after half-time after a close-range finish from Max Lowe.

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Sunderland responded well and pulled one back through Lynden Gooch but weren’t able to take anything from the game.

Patterson save

Here’s how the game played out:

RECAP: Sheffield United 2 (Ahmedhodzic, 33) (Lowe, 47) Sunderland 1 (Gooch, 55)

Key Events

  • Sunderland XI: Patterson, O’Nien, Batth (Alese, 86), Cirkin, Gooch, Embleton (Wright, 53), Neil, Clarke (Diamond, 86), Pritchard (Hume, 53), Simms (Matete, 53) , Stewart
  • Subs: Bass, Alese, Wright, Hume, Matete, Diamond, Roberts
  • Sheffield United XI: Foderingham, Ahmedhodzic, Egan, Norrington-Davies, Baldock, Norwood, Berge, McAtee (Fleck, 65), Lowe, Ndiaye (McBurnie, 74), Brewster (Khadra, 65)
  • Subs: Amissah, Basham, Doyle, Fleck, Khadra, McBurnie, Jebbison
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75’ McBurnie shot saved

Straight into the action. McBurnie’s shot from inside the box is comfortably saved by Patterson.

Oli McBurnie is on for the hosts as Ndiaye makes way.

Now Gooch has been shown a yellow card after bringing down Khadra near the Sunderland box.

The free-kick didn’t come to anything.

That was almost 3-1.

A powerful run from Berge saw the midfielder get into a shooting position on the edge of the box.

His shot deflected off Wright and onto the post.

69’ United taking control again

65’ Two changes for the hosts

Reda Khadra and John Fleck have come on for Brewster and McAtee.

O’Nien is booked after a late tackle on McAtee near the halfway line.

Sunderland now appear to be playing with a 4-4-1 system with Matete and O’Nien in midfield and Gooch and Clarke on the flanks.


Sunderland have one back.

United were comfortable in possession before Matete nicked the ball in midfield.

Stewart then released Gooch who dinked the ball past Foderingham in front of the away fans.

Game on!

53’ Triple change for Sunderland

Jay Matete, Trai Hume and Bailey Wright have all come on, with Simms, Pritchard and Embleton making way.

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