Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Sheffield United: Blades' two-year Premier League stint eneded at Molineux
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield United - Premier League

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Willian Jose of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates scoring a goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United at Molineux on April 17, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Sheffield United were relegated back to the Sky Bet Championship after a 1-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday night. 

Willian Jose landed the final nail in the coffin after he netted a first Premier League goal since his loan move from Real Sociedad.

The Blades two-year spell in the topflight was concluded after only four wins and 17 goals scored in 32 Premier League games. 

Their fate was all but sealed when Newcastle United reaped the rewards of a 3-2 win against high-flying West Ham United last night. 

  • Story of the match

The opening 15 minutes did not resonate with Sheffield United's league form at Molineux

Interim duo Paul Heckingbottom and Jason Tindall stood on the sideline and barked orders, which echoed around Wolverhampton's home. 

Sporting their pink and white layers, the Steel City outfit wasn't going out without a fight. This was expressed by Rhian Brewster, who screeched out in frustration after dragging a shot wide inside half an hour.

Wolves were yet to test Aaron Ramsdale when the clock struck 20:45 in the Sir Jack Haywood stand. Daniel Podence attempted an audacious half-volley after Traore won a lofted header in the box. 

The Wolves number 10 was left looking at the heaven's after the ball landed in the Stan Cullis stand. 

It was the visitors who started with more energy in the latter half. John Fleck was seeing a lot of the ball in the middle of the park. Any realistic Blades attack seemed to through the number four. 

Enda Stevens had a golden chance to open the scoring just before 60 minutes.

Racing into the box on the far side of the field, a cross from the right-hand side found the number three who couldn't find a way through a packed defence. 

Adama Traore and Jose portrayed how to finish a counter attack moments later when the latter tapped home a cross from the former.

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A first Premier League goal for the Wolves loanee, who finally broke his duck with a neat clipped finished past Ramsdale. There was a sense of defeat from the away side after Ben Osborn dropped to his knees in reaction of the goal. 

The introduction of Oliver Burke lifted United but the Wolves backline remained solid. Rui Patricio wanted 10 clean sheets and his defence was not letting him down. 

Enda Stevens tested the Portuguese shot-stopped, but that was all the visitors could muster.

  • Takeaways

Goodbye Sheffield United

Sheffield United were dreaming of Europa League football for the first time in their history during the summer of 2020.

Fast forward 12 months and The Blades are hit with the infamous 'second season syndrome' after relegation was confirmed on match day 32.

The departure of Chris Wilder added fuel to the fire in what has been a miserable season. The old cliche goes, 'it's time to bounce back.'

It hasn't been sunshine in WV1 this season either. Wolverhampton Wanderers maintained their Premier League status but standards are a lot higher these days.

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