As it happened: Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley
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18:07a year ago

And that's a wrap!

A great win for Sheffield United and a sluggish end to the season for Burnley. Shoots of optimism for the Blades, bidding to gain a quick return to the Premier League, but work to do for Burnley in the transfer market. The Clarets limped over the line in the end, looking short in a number of areas across the field. 


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18:04a year ago

Instant Ratings

Sheffield United: Ramsdale 7; Basham 8, Egan 7, Robinson 7; Baldock 7, Osborn 7, Norwood 7, Fleck 7, Stevens 7; McGoldrick 8, Jebbison 7.

Subs: Brewster n/a, Jagielka n/a.


Burnley: Norris 5; Lowton 6, Tarkowski 6, Dunne 7, Taylor 7; Cork 5; Gudmundsson 5, Brownhill 5, Westwood 6, McNeil 6, Wood 6.

Subs: Vydra 6, Rodriguez 5, Barnes n/a.


18:00a year ago

Full-time: Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

Burnley just didn't seem to want it as much. They were playing against a team with supporters in the stadium and they just looked a little short. It has been a long and difficult season, however, and they are the team who are going to be playing Premier League football next season. This result really didn't matter very much. 
17:58a year ago

Full-time: Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

There is life in this Sheffield United team. The fans helped to breathe more life into them. Chris Wilder might be gone but Heckingbottom has managed to stabalise the club. He has kept faith with the back-three system and they looked like last year's Sheffield United today. 

A mixture of experienced players and young talents should be able to have a really good go in the Championship. It's important to keep 90% of the squad together and keeping Heckingbottom could also be a shrewd move. The interim boss seems to have the backing of the players. 

17:56a year ago

Full-time: Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

Probably the lest entertaining of all the final day matches but Sheffield United fans will be happy! Just imagine what could have been if Bramall Lane had been allowed supporters for the full season. It really does make a big difference for a family club like this. 
17:54a year ago

SCRAMBLE! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

90+4: Ramsdale spills the ball and Wood cannot find his feet at the vital moment, and the ball is scrambled behind. Westwood's corner is poor, though, and that's that!
17:53a year ago

OFFSIDE! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

90+3: McGoldrick burst clear of the defence but he lashed his shot wide of the post. He would have been offside anyway.
17:52a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

90+2: Jagielka is comfortably marshalling his defence. Burnley a little toothless going forward. It has been the same story since the goal. 
17:50a year ago

SUBSTITUTION: Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

90: Four minutes of added time. The ball is in Burnley's defensive-third.  Barnes is on for Gudmundsson.
17:48a year ago

YELLOW! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

88: Dunne is a bit wild with a flying kick, catching Brewster on the chin. It was an honest attempt to get the ball, but it was rather high!
17:46a year ago

SAVE! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

86: Brewster receives the ball from McGoldrick  but he can't beat Norris, who easily gathers his placed effort from outside the box. 
17:44a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

85: United have at least managed to reach 20 goals for the season, avoiding an unwanted statistic!
17:43a year ago

SUBSTITUTION! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

83: Jagielka is on for the closing stages! A late appearance for the veteran. He's on for Osborn. Barnes is also on for
17:41a year ago

SUBSTITUTION! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

79: Tarkowski clears as Sheffield United swing in another cross. Brewster has also just come on for Jebbison!
17:38a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

77: Goalmouth scramble! Everyone's packed in the Sheffield United box and Burnley just can't squeeze the ball in. Hand-ball shouts fall on deaf ears but Westwood's cross does clip Osborn's hands! 
17:35a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

75: Ramsdale has commanded his box well today. He's quick out to gather the danger ahead of Rodriguez. 
17:33a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

73: Three strikers for Burnley, but taking McNeil off was strange. The winger is so often the provider for the front-men.
17:31a year ago

BLOODY BASHAM! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

71: Basham's being patched up again! He has been a colossus this afternoon but it's a little risky to keep him on the field of play.
17:29a year ago

SUBSTITUTION: Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

70: Rodriguez for McNeil. 
17:28a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

69: McNeil and Vydra passed their way through United's midfield, but Basham recovered really well to prevent McNeil from racing clear -- sticking out a leg to block Vydra's flicked pass.
17:26a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

66: The Blades break with purpose and Osborn's whipped cross causes panic in the box. Dunne does really well to get his body in the way of Jebbison and turn the ball to safety.
17:25a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

65: The hosts are sitting a little bit deeper now, as Burnley look to pile on the pressure. That final pass has been lacking, thus far.
17:23a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

63: Gudmundsson nodded Westwood's cute dink across the box, but Ramsdale is alive to beat Wood to the loose ball. 
17:22a year ago

FLAP! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

62: Westwood's corner is flapped at by Ramsdale, and he has to rely on his defenders to smother the ball behind. 
17:20a year ago

WASTED! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

60: Jebbison turns Dunne inside and out but United cannot work themselves a chance out of the position. Pass, pass, pass, before Robinson scuffs a long-range effort well off course. 
17:17a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

58: Vydra turns Basham and wins a corner. He hasn't had much to work with since coming on, but that was cute. From the corner, Tarkowski heads the corner wide. 
17:16a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

57: Huge opportunity wasted for Sheffield United. Stevens is in acres of space on the left, with Lowton tucked inside. Osborn's pass to him is poor, though, and the wing-back cannot shift the ball towards McGoldrick. 
17:14a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

54: Westwood's deep free-kick is rather flat and United easily clear. Burnley haven't been able to create much throughout.
17:11a year ago

BLOCK! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

52: McGoldrick shifts away from Dunne and Taylor, but Tarkowski does well to move across and block the striker's fierce effort. 
17:09a year ago

OFFSIDE! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

50: Ramsdale makes a brilliant save to deny Wood one-versus-one but the flag goes up for offside. It was nearly a very nice pick-out from Cork. 
17:08a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

48: Vydra instantly involved with a number of touches and Burnley are looking to up the tempo. 
17:06a year ago

SUBSTITUTION! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

46: Second-half underway. Vydra on for Brownhill. 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2. 
17:04a year ago

Happy Heckingbottom

The home manager will simply ask for more of the same. His players look up for the fight! The signs of an instant return to the top-flight are absolutely there. Whether Heckingbottom will be around to oversee that remains to be seen.
17:01a year ago


Twists and turns in the Champions League race. Leicester City drawing with Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool beating Crystal Palace and Chelsea losing to Aston Villa.

At present, Leicester are slipping out but a victory will take them into the top-four, if Chelsea cannot get three points against Villa. Liverpool look best placed. 

16:58a year ago

Magic from Matej?

Matej Vydra had played himself into form but the Czech star has been sat on the bench for two matches in a row. That made sense against Liverpool, putting another man in the midfield, but you would think that a striking duo would better test the back-three of Sheffield United. 
16:55a year ago

Nightmare for Norris?

The third-choice goalkeeper is looking like the third-choice again today. He was questionable in midweek and McGoldrick wouldn't have expected his shot to have found the net. It was a well placed effort, but it shouldn't have had the power to creep over the line. 
16:52a year ago

Half-time: Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

Feeble first-half for Burnley. They started the game relatively well but their attacking intent disintegrated after McGoldrick's opener. Everything seems a little slow at the moment. 


16:51a year ago

Half-time: Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

A solid first-half for Sheffield United. Their fans have suffered for the whole season but this is some respite for those who managed to get into Bramall Lane. The Blades have showed a lot of endeavour throughout the match. 
16:48a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

45+2: Basham is back heading balls clear, with his head all patched up. The definition of a proper centre-half!
16:47a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

45: Three minutes to be added on. The Basham incident contributed to the bulk of that additional time. 
16:45a year ago

SAVE! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

44: It just about qualifies for one! McNeil finds some room on the edge of the box but his effort is scuffed and Ramsdale easily gathers.
16:45a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

43: Sheffield United are up for this. The fans seem to be spurring them on. Burnley look a little jaded and tired. One imagine's that many players want to recharge their batteries. 
16:43a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

42: Basham is patched up and he's back on the field!
16:41a year ago

OUCH! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

39: Basham is down and in some pain, following an aerial duel in the box. Heckingbottom will hope that the big-man is okay, but he looks a little dazed.
16:40a year ago

YELLOW! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

38: Fleck cynically clips McNeil as he shifts into full flow. Easy caution for Friend to brandish. 
16:38a year ago

POST! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

37: The resulting corner is only half-cleared and Basham skips around Cork in the box. The defender then lashes a right-footed effort against the post, with Norris rooted to the spot. 
16:37a year ago

BLOCK! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

36: McGoldrick gets away from Dunne but his goal-bound effort is brilliantly blocked by Taylor.
16:36a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

35: Dunne tries to slip Westwood in behind but his reverse pass isn't followed by the midfielder. Intentions were right but application was off. It's not quite clicking for the Clarets.
16:34a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

33: The tempo has slowed down again. Sheffield United fans remain vocal. They haven't seen their team go ahead in too many games, so it's nice that they are leading when the fans are actually at the stadium. 
16:32a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

30: Burnley have struggled to get going since falling behind. It has been a tight encounter and Wood has been isolated. Vydra in the second-half perhaps?
16:30a year ago

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

27: It's almost a carbon copy for the hosts. Jebbison tries his luck from distance and Norris fumbles the fairly routine shot, before gathering at the second attempt. The hosts are smelling a weakness in between the posts. 
16:28a year ago

GOAL!!! McGOLDRICK! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

23: McGoldrick isn't picked up in the midfield and he has a lot of time to stride forward without much challenge. He measures up a strike from 25-yards that skids off the surface and nestles in the back of the net. Norris is slow down to the shot, though, and his defenders don't seem to impressed. 
16:26a year ago

GOAL!!! McGOLDRICK! Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

23: The Player of the Season gets the home fans cheering! 
16:22a year ago

YELLOW! Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

21: Baldock gets the first caution of the day for a slightly late challenge on Brownhill. There didn't seem to be much aggression in the tackle, but it was a little late.
16:20a year ago

Blades hoping to avoid embarrassment


16:19a year ago

Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

18: McGoldrick got a little handsy with Cork there, tussling down the Burnley man and giving away a free-kick. Both teams are capable of getting a bit shirty with each other!
16:16a year ago

HALF CHANCE! Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

15: Baldock did well to clip an inviting first-time ball to the back post, but McGoldrick couldn't get a strong connection on the ball. The forward stretched his foot out but he couldn't direct an effort on goal. 
16:15a year ago

Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

13: The Blades counter quickly but their final pass isn't quite on the money. McGoldrick was waiting to latch onto an inviting cross but Dunne was on-hand to clear.
16:12a year ago

Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

11: For the past few minutes, Burnley have been bombarding Sheffield United with territorial dominance. Corner after corner, cross after cross; the Blades can't get out at the moment!
16:11a year ago

SAVE! Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

10: McNeil gets space on the edge of the box and his placed strike has to be pushed over the top by Ramsdale. It needed saving! 
16:10a year ago

BLOCK! Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

9: Wood's header from McNeil's corner is excellently blocked by Basham. That header was goal-bound! 
16:09a year ago

Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

8: Tarkowski's lofted pass is brought down brilliantly by Wood but Egan does well to clear the ball for a corner. 
16:07a year ago

Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

6: Stevens' floated cross is half-cleared by Taylor but Baldock's incoming header sails well wide. The fans are up for this, trying to urge their team forward. 
16:06a year ago

Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

5: Dunne did well to shrug off the challenge of Jebbison, with the young striker trying to run in behind. Calm and collected by the equally young Burnley defender. 
16:04a year ago

Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

3: Neither team really keeping hold of the ball. Applause around the stadium for Len Badger, a respected Sheffield United legend, who dies recently. 
16:01a year ago

Sheffield United 0-0 Burnley

1: Kevin Friend blows his whistle and we're underway! 
15:59a year ago

Pre-match silence

The players and fans are united in a short silence, respecting those who have died as a result of the pandemic. 
15:58a year ago

Big day for Jimmy Dunne

The Nick Pope news has dominated pre-match discussion but it's a huge day for Jimmy Dunne. The youngster did start the Premier League season in the starting eleven and he has now returned to it, following an injury to Ben Mee. 

It's a great opportunity to impress for the academy talent!

15:55a year ago

Kick-off approaching

My hope is that both teams can play with the shackles off today. There are exciting players on both teams and there is absolutely no reason not to play to entertain. Let's hope that the fans can enjoy themselves!
15:53a year ago

It Wood be nice!

A little exterior bonus for me would be to see Chris Wood on the scoresheet. The New Zealand star has just entered my Fantasy Premier League team! 

Wood has been in excellent form for some time now, sitting on 12 Premier League goals. He has seven goals in his last five away matches! 

15:50a year ago

Awesome attack

Daniel Jebbison and David McGoldrick are forming a really interesting partnership. A 17-year-old and a 33-year-old; like father and son!

Jebbison has burst onto the scene in recent weeks, scoring the winner against Everton, but McGoldrick has been Mr Consistent in the forward areas. He isn't necessarily ruthless, but he always gives 100% and his link-up play is generally very good. 

Jebbison recently signed his first professional contract with the club. The Blades will hope that his relationship with McGoldrick can flourish next season in the Championship. 

15:45a year ago

We'll never get tired of this!


15:43a year ago

Hope for Pope?

Chris Boden suggests that there is some hope for Pope, ahead of his minor surgery. The overriding narrative seems to be that the goalkeeper will miss out on the Euros but the Burnley Express writer is not giving up the ghost. 
15:42a year ago

BREAKING NEWS: Nick Pope OUT of the Euros!

It would appear as though Burnley were protecting Pope in recent weeks. His injury was obviously more serious than reports were letting on, but they didn't want to destroy his Euros dream. 

While the surgery is only minor, it would be enough to keep him out of the start of the international tournament. He will be fit and firing for the new Premier League season, but that won't be on his mind right now. The poor man will be devastated. 

15:38a year ago

BREAKING NEWS: Nick Pope OUT of the Euros!

Dean Henderson is expected to become the number-two keeper now, leaving a gap to fill as the third-choice stopper. 

Ramsdale, in Sheff United's goal, could be in line for a call-up, alongside West Bromwich Albion's Sam Johnstone.

15:35a year ago

BREAKING NEWS: Nick Pope OUT of the Euros!

The news slowly broke just after the team announcement's and nobody is offering a counter narrative. It seems as though Pope's injury requires surgery and that will deny him his England dream. 

Pope will be devastated. Jordan Pickford was expected to be the number-one, but the opportunity to be in the England National Team squad would have been a dream come true for the Clarets stopper. 

15:31a year ago

BREAKING NEWS: Nick Pope OUT of the Euros!


15:30a year ago

That's a better photo! Great to see the Blades back!


15:28a year ago

Fans slowly coming back!


15:27a year ago

Form suggests a tight one!

In Sheffield United's last six games, four of the games have featured just a single goal! Their defence, thanks to Ramsdale, has tightened up a slot but they have struggled to put the ball in the net at the other end. 
15:24a year ago



15:19a year ago

Doubt for the Euros? Hopefully not!


15:17a year ago

Goalkeeper crisis

In the other camo, Nick Pope remains absent with a slight injury. Will Norris has retained the gloves, despite conceding three goals to Liverpool in midweek. 

Sean Dyche has said that Norris deserved some action as a mark of respect for his efforts. However, a second consecutive start for the back-up keeper does throw a little bit of shade in Bailey Peacock-Farrell's direction. 

Peacock-Farrell was the recognised number-two at Burnley but, after conceding 11 goals in three Premier League starts, it appears as though he has temporarily slipped down the pecking order. 

15:14a year ago

Acclaim for Aaron Ramsdale

When Aaron Ramsdale came in for £20-million in the summer, he really struggled to replace the void left by Dean Henderson. He wasn't necessarily making a collection of individual errors but he just wasn't making too many important saves. 

However, the former Bournemouth man has really come alive in the second half of the season. He is playing with a lot more authority between the sticks, making a number of top stops over recent matches. 

15:10a year ago

Home fans back!

5,000 Sheffield United supporters will be back in Bramall Lane to cheer their players on. 

One reason why the Blades have struggled could be attributed to their lack of supporters. Sheffield United are a family club with a rousing fanbase. They will hope that their vocal support can get them over the line in this one!

15:06a year ago

Baldock returns; Dunne unexpectedly starts

A change-a-piece for the two teams.

George Baldock managed to shake off his injury concern to replace Jaden Bogle. 

A more surprising change is the inclusion of Jimmy Dunne, coming in for Burnley captain Ben Mee. 


15:03a year ago

Burnley Line-up

Starting XI: Norris; Lowton, Tarkowski, Dunne, Taylor; Cork; Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil, Wood.

Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Barnes, Rodriguez, Pieters, Vydra, Nartey, Richardson, Driscoll-Glennon.

15:01a year ago

Sheffield United Line-up

Starting XI: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Osborn, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Jebbison.

Subs: Foderingham, Lundstram, Lowe, Jagielka, Bogle, Brewster, Brunt, Bryan, Osula.

14:59a year ago

My VAVEL Prediction

I have gone for a 2-1 Sheffield United victory in my Premier League predictions piece. 

In truth, this could be any scoreline. It's the final match of the season, neither team has anything major on the line, and the Blades are playing in front of a small selection of supporters. 

It might seem wishful thinking, given that Sheffield United and Burnley are the two lowest scoring teams in the league (19 and 33 respectively), but there could be a good number of goals!

14:53a year ago

Closing in on team news

The line-ups will be announced at 15.00 BST. Follow our commentary for the latest updates, all the way to kick-off. 
12:28a year ago

Final pre-live comment

There is nothing riding on this match other than personal pride. It would be nice to see an open and expansive match because both teams have the capability to move the ball quickly and score goals. 

Stay tuned on this text commentary for all the latest updates!

12:25a year ago

How to watch

The game will be broadcasted on BT Sport 3. Coverage starts at 15.45 BST. 

If you can't watch it then follow the game live on VAVEL text commentary. 

12:24a year ago

Likely line-ups

Sheffield United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Bogle, Osborn, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Jebbison.

Burnley: Peacock-Farrell; Lowton, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor; Brownhill, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, Vydra.

12:22a year ago

Burnley Key Man

The goalkeeper: Whoever gets the gloves! Pope is unlikely to be risked, meaning either Bailey Peacock-Farrell or Will Norris will step in. Both of the back-up options have had a sketchy recent display and whoever gets tasked with starting will hope to put that behind them!
12:20a year ago

Sheffield United Key Man

Daniel Jebbison: The 17-year-old scored the winning goal against Everton last weekend. In a season of few highlights, the late emergence of this academy talent will please the Sheffield United faithful. There's nothing better than a homegrown talent!
12:17a year ago

Burnley Team News

Robbie Brady, Kevin Long and Dale Stephens are all definitely out, while Nick Pope is unlikely to be risked with the European Championships just around the corner. 

Ashley Barnes, who has been embroiled in a drink driving incident, could still make the matchday squad. 

12:15a year ago

Sheffield United Team News

Jack O'Connell, Ethan Ampadu, Oli McBurnie, Oliver Burke and Billy Sharp are all absentees, highlighting United's injury issues all over the pitch. 

George Baldock and Sander Berge are also expected to miss out, but John Lundstram could feature for his final game at Bramall Lane. The midfielder will leave the club on a free transfer in the summer. 

12:12a year ago

Crumbling Clarets

Burnley's win against Fulham confirmed their Premier League status for the 2021-22 season. 

Unfortunately, their form has dramatically dropped off since achieving survival, losing by an collective score of 7-0 against Leeds United and Liverpool. What those results have shown is that there is some work for Burnley to do in the summer transfer window. 

12:09a year ago

Blunt Blades

Sheffield United have struggled for goals all season. The Blades have only scored three times in Paul Heckingbottom's ten matches in charge.

However, two of those goals were winning goals, against Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion, so the goals that they have scored have been relatively important. 

12:04a year ago

Dead rubber?

Sheffield United have been relegated for a long time and Burnley are safe and sound in the top division. The stakes are not particularly high but that doesn't mean it will not be an entertaining clash!
12:02a year ago

Kick-off time

The match will kick-off on Sunday, at 16.00 BST.
11:59a year ago


Welcome to VAVEL UK's live coverage of the 2020/21 Premier League match Sheffield United vs Burnley! I'm your host, Jonny Bentley, and I look forward to guiding you through this end of the season affair!