Lundstram earns Sheffield narrow win over Palace

Lundstram earns Sheffield narrow win over Palace

19/08/2019

John Lundstram's second-half goal was enough to earn Sheffield United their first win of the season after a 1-0 victory over a below-par Crystal Palace.

Playing their first home game back in the Premier League for 12 years, the Blades controlled the first half without creating too many clear chances, before Lundstram pounced two minutes after the interval to break the deadlock.

Even with Wilfried Zaha restored to the Palace starting XI following his summer of transfer frustration, Palace offered next to nothing in response, ending the match without having forced home goalkeeper Dean Henderson into a meaningful save.

The Blades held on with ease to take their tally to four points from the opening two games, while Palace are without a goal so far.

The hosts were on the back foot early on as Christian Benteke went close, but Palace retreated, with the rest of the half controlled by the Blades.

Chance of the opening period fell to David McGoldrick late in the half, but he did not connect properly at the back post and Vicente Guaita got across to make a fine save.

Immediately after the break, the Blades got themselves in front, with Lundstram reacting quickest to the Guaita??ôs parry from Luke Freeman??ôs shot, to send Bramall Lane into euphoria.

Even with seven minutes added on at the end, Palace remained flat, disinterested and shorn of ideas as the hosts cruised to victory.

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