Crystal Palace saw off Sheffield United in a comfortable fashion thanks to a stunning goal from Eberechi Eze, leaving Chris Wilder's men still in search of their FIRST win of the Premier League season. It really is crazy how pear shaped things have gone at Bramall Lane. Dont get me wrong, I never expected them to be competing in the top half of the table, but I did expect them to actually compete on some level. Blades fans must be praying for a COVID outbreak so they can have a break from this hectic schedule.
Roy Hodgson’s side had not tasted success since thrashing West Brom at the start of December but they dominated the game today which saw the Eagles triumph in their first match of 2021.
Sheffield United struggled to create chances at Selhurst Park as they fell to their 15th defeat of the season.
Palace took the lead when a quick break down the left from Wilfried Zaha saw the Palace winger eventually find Christian Benteke, the Belgian striker then played a perfectly weighted through ball into the path of the onrushing Jeffery Schlupp, who saw his effort take a deflection before it found the net via the post. 1-0 Palace.
Schlupp was forced off with injury in the 40th minute and Eze was summoned in his place.
5 minutes of injury time was added on at the end of the first half and Palace made good use of it by doubling their lead with a goal of the season contender.
Former Q.P.R star Eze collected James McArthur’s pass deep inside his own half, he went past Oliver Norwood before he did the same to defender Ethan Ampadu before producing a wonderful placed finish into the bottom corner beyond Blades stopper Aaron Ramsdale from 20 yards. It was 2-0 and game over.
Where do Utd go from here? The only saving grace is that the transfer window is now open! Wilder needs to get his board to dig deep so he can sign some proven Premier League quality to help them in their case for survival. But why would the Sheffield United board trust Wilder to spend the £? Personally speaking, I think he massively over paid for several players when Sheffield United reached the Premier League. I dont feel the Blades have had anywhere near value for money, and I will be doing a piece on the Blades boss and his transfer history during the week.
Palace recorded a good win which edged them further away from relegation worry, not that it was ever a credible threat. The side from Selhurst will hope to pick up another few wins in the coming weeks rather than slip back into the poor form that has plagued them in recent weeks.
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