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Sheffield United become first ever team to concede 100+ goals in a 38-game Premier League season

Sheffield United become the first ever team to concede 100+ goals in a 38-game Premier League season after defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Nuno Espírito Santo’s side move three points clear of the relegation zone by coming from behind to win at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon.

Sheffield United’s Anel Ahmedhodzic also ended up getting sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence in the sixth minute of stoppage time after a flailing arm in a challenge with Nicolas Dominguez.

Player ratings (via Sky Sports)

Sheff Utd: Foderingham (5), Trusty (5), Ahmedhodzic (5), Robinson (6), Bogle (6), Hamer (6), Arblaster (7), Brooks (6), Osborn (6), Brereton (7), Archer (6).

Subs: Vinicius Souza (n/a), McAtee (6).

Nottingham Forest: Sels (7), Montiel (5), Boly (8), Murillo (8), Aina (7), Yates (7), Danilo (7), Elanga (6), Gibbs-White (7), Hudson-Odoi (9), Wood (7).

Subs: Awoniyi (n/a), Toffolo (n/a), Dominguez (n/a), Niakhate (6).

Player of the Match: Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “Press play and repeat. Goals change attitudes of games completely. To have nine opportunities, and not half-opportunities, good opportunities, we could have been two or three up.

“Everyone knows Hudson-Odoi has quality. Scratching my head how it was 1-1 at half-time. We should have been out of sight, without a doubt. We were by far the better team. They have got a lot to play for, we know that. But in terms of how we moved the ball and attacked it was really good. But we have got to put teams to bed. If we don’t do that, then we open the door. We opened ourselves to the counter-attack and they punished us.”

On Ben Brereton-Diaz’s penalty shout: “We are down so it is not a difficult decision for VAR to give that [against us]. The cynical part of me would say it’s a comfortable decision to give. I think it is a push in the back. Then it goes 2-1 and then 3-1 pretty quickly. You are going to have parts that are disappointing and you have to deal with adversity. I thought we did ok with that in terms of more shots in the second half. We have been punished pretty severely.

“When it went 3-1 we looked out on our feet. What it has told us is that this is a really physical league. In the last 15-20 minutes there were players who looked out on their feet.”

On bringing youngsters into the team: “We know they have got to be good enough. We have got some young players out there now. We don’t want to just give them favours. They have got to be good enough to be involved in first-team training and then with the selection process.

“It is a disappointing result because we should have put them to bed. We didn’t do enough to put them to bed and when they got that opportunity, they did that.”

Nottingham Forest manager Nuno Espirito Santo speaking to Sky Sports: “The reaction after we conceded was very good. To go in level, it shows the character of the team. It shows the togetherness that we have and the commitment and the desire. It was a good moment.”

On Ryan Yates’ goal: “Very, very happy for him. He is a boy that gives everything that he has. The way he conducts himself in the matches and training. The way he gathers his team-mates in these moments. But it is not over. We have to rest and prepare because we still have work to do.”

On Ben Brereton-Diaz’s penalty shout: “I didn’t see the images. I was just expecting the decision. If we concede it I hoped that it was right. But overall, the referee didn’t interfere in the result which is important.”

On Callum Hudson-Odoi: “He has been helping a lot with his actions and his assists and goals. We have to keep working and playing good in these final matches.

“It is important [for individuals to perform well] but what gives me the confidence that we can succeed is the togetherness of the squad. The way they work and help each other. Football is about the team. We want a team that is organised and compact and works for each other., Looking back at the season there are so many things to improve.

“It has been very hard for us to manage all the situations. The points deduction, the players that went away to the African Nations Cup, the referees. The only way we can do things is on the pitch. That is the big advantage we have. It is in our hands to achieve the final objective.”


Nottingham Forest goalscorer Callum Hudson-Odoi speaking to Premier League Productions: “We have still got two more games to go and we are relieved. We played well and bounced back from going down and got the goals we deserved. It is nice to get the goals and help the team but it was more important that I helped the team today.

“I want to help the team and get more goals and assists. Hopefully there are many more to come. When I hit the post I was thinking is it going to go in or not. The more you shoot, the more chance it has of going in. I am happy to help the team.”

On his second goal being a contender for Goal of the Month: “Hopefully the boys get more goals in this month. Hopefully, many more to come. “

On the tactical switch in the second half: “I think for us, we wanted more mobility and keep moving around to create chances. It was just a case of keep moving to open up more spaces and get more goals.

“It is a really important three points and we go again. We know where we are in the table and want to get out of that position. Hopefully we stay safe. The fans were fantastic and we need their support in the last two games.”

Nottingham Forest goalscorer Ryan Yates speaking to Sky Sports: “Yeah, [I am feeling] relief for sure. We didn’t start the game well and they came out of the traps and caught us by surprise. I think we grew into the game and scored in a couple of good moments too.”

On his first Premier League goal: “I scored here in the Championship in the same end. I am just buzzing with the win. We know how massive every game is now and we just have to get over the line.”

On bouncing back after going 1-0 down: “Just stay calm. We have built that resilience up since Nuno came in. We are playing in the Premier League and any team is going to cause you probelms. It is just about that belief and sticking to the plan.”

On Callum Hudson-Odoi: “He has got so much ability it is ridiculous. He is pushing every day to get his numbers up. He was head and shoulders the best player on the pitch. I am really pleased for him.”

This is how fans reacted as Sheffield United become the first ever team to concede 100+ goals in a 38-game Premier League season…

@srb1889: Worst united side ever.

@JackWalters92: Ran out of words for this group of players. Only positive I can find is that it’s another game closer to getting shot of some of these wasters. I don’t think the season under Adkins was as painful as this shower.

@DavidKirkham3: 6 of our subs today were players signed permanently/on loan this season. They can’t get in ahead of Arblaster and Brooks. Abysmal squad for the PL. The owner, board, managers and players have let the fans down spectacularly. #sufc #twitterblades

@Sufc_dyl_2006: Don’t care what anyone says we have to keep wilder next season , wilder got left in shit by hecky and co and would’ve been a miracle if he kept us up , if we get another manager in it’ll be like slav season 2.0. and fucking wank #twitterblades

@TheMoorlands1: Anel Ahmedhodžić. Can you please f*ck off. Take your Facebook whoring Karen Dad with you. Your defeatist, couldn’t be bothered attitude will be the ruin if you. You obviously think we’re beneath you. No PL club will touch you based on this season. #twitterblades

@BunningRichard: Don’t take your chances you’ll get punished at that level. We should’ve been 3 or 4 in front at half time, played some really good football and they’re guilt edged chances we’ve missed. We’re just not good enough it’s as simple as that.

@JackWalters92: If I was being constructive, great first half but couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. Second half – standard Sheffield United this season. Abhorrent and weak as per. 👍🏻

@sludgemonkeyfil: Some very good passages of play by the Blades today, but the defence is made of biscuits. Hamer, Blaster, Osborn, Brooks all excellent. But Forest had 3 shots on target and came out 3:1 winners. And why can’t our forwards hit it first time? They want to walk it into the net.

@JordLowe1993: Wilders lost fuckin plot. How can you take a striker off and put a that shower of shite on … get a fresh manager in with fresh ideas cos that’s wank. #sufc #twitterblades

@joshyblackburn: This is exactly why are going down. We have created as many chances to win two games today but can’t defend properly and now it’s 3-1 #twitterblades

@Blades_Mad: Just don’t learn from our mistakes do we. Unbelievably shocking. Players have had a free pass all season. Barring a couple, it’s about time it turned sour on these bastards (1-3) #sufc #twitterblades #SHUNFO

@DavidKirkham3: Embarrassing performance from @Anelswe followed by a red card. And to think he was captain of the team for a while! #sufc #twitterblades

@adz6786: So fuckin boring now. Best team in first half, create chance after chance, Don’t take them. Go into HT level. Throw it away in second half. REPEAT #sufc

@andymorton81: Season in a nutshell. Make chances, don’t take them, get punished, weak defence. Positive of Wilder, think we’re better going forwards. Negative, hasn’t improved us defensively at all. I’m sick of seeing goals like Forest’s third. #SUFC

@keithwall1955: #twitterblades Get rid of the lot off them. Totally inept every one. I am totally embarrassed.

@TheWednesdayy: First team ever to concede 100 goals in Premier league 😭😭😭😭 gerrit on honours board #twitterblades

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