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.
Sunderland responded well and pulled one back through Lynden Gooch but weren’t able to take anything from the game.
Here’s how the game played out:
RECAP: Sheffield United 2 (Ahmedhodzic, 33) (Lowe, 47) Sunderland 1 (Gooch, 55)
Sunderland are coming under more pressure now as Patterson tips Baldock’s cross over the bar to concede another corner.
There’s the opener. Sunderland are really up against it now.
They managed to block the free-kick following Neil’s dismissal, yet the following corner from Norwood was headed in by Ahmedhodzic.
Cirkin appeared to be the closest Sunderland player to him.
Massive blow for the visitors.
Neil miscontroled Batth’s pass from the left and then brought down McAtee after the midfielder dispossessed him and ran through on goal.
A straight red card.
O’Nien is saying that Neil wasn’t the last man but it seemed clear McAtee would have got a shot off.
That was some patient build-up play from the hosts before the ball was worked into Ndiaye’s path.
The striker’s shot was straight at Patterson.
Dan Neil wasn’t impressed there after he appeared to win the ball after challenging Ndiaye.
The referee awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box but Berge’s low effort was blocked.
We’re having a pause in play after Stewart was caught in the face from a corner.
The striker is back on his feet now after some jeers from the home fans.
Sunderland are more than holding their own right now.
O’Nien did well to block a powerful shot from Norwood on the edge of the box, but the hosts quickly broke forward before Stewart sent a low effort wide.
Good game so far.
Neil is telling Clarke to push out to a wider position when Sunderland are in possession.
The visitors used the width of the pitch on right there, with Gooch charging forward before sending a low cross towards Stewart in the box. Foderingham managed to gather.