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Sheffield United vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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Sheffield United

, Billy Sharp ‘45'+2' , John Lundstram ‘84'
V
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AFC Bournemouth

, Callum Wilson ‘13'
FT 9th February 2020 2:00 PM
Bramall Lane
#SHUBOU
Stats Sponsored by MSP Capital

Commentary By

FT

FULL TIME

Sheffield United 2-1 AFC Bournemouth

Agonising defeat for the Cherries who started the game so brightly.

Plenty for Eddie Howe to be positive about, the returns of Joshua King and Junior Stanislas in particular but the three points stay in Sheffield on this occasion.  

90'

CHANCE!

Nathan Ake rises highest from the corner but glances it wide!

Four minutes added on...

89'

Throw won

The delivery is deep but Henderson doesn't punch away.

We win a throw which is send in long, the defender slicing it over the bar and earning a corner.

88'

Deep free-kick for the Cherries

Philip Billing is bundled over near the half-way line. Chance to get it into the box...

87'

Final change for the Cherries

Dom Solanke replaces Andrew Surman.

Can he make an impact?

84'

GOAL - John Lundstram

Sheffield United 2-1 AFC Bournemouth (John Lundstram)

A sucker punch for the Cherries.

We switch off from a throw, Lys Mousset brings it down in the box and finds Lundstram and the substitute prods home.

Six minutes to find an equaliser!

83'

Second change for Bournemouth

Junior Stanislas replaces Ryan Fraser, his first appearance of 2020. 

80'

10 minutes to go

The game is balanced on a knife-edge here as we enter the final 10 minutes of the game.

Both sides are looking threatening as they attack - Fraser's dangerous cross just misses Billing at the back post.

Will there be a winner?

76'

WHAT A BLOCK!

Baldock beats the offside trap to get into a crossing position, his cut back is played into path of Lys Mousset who looks set to bury the chance.

However, Adam Smith races across and puts his body in-front of the shot and helps clear it away. Superb from the right back!

73'

Billy Sharp replaced

It is former Cherries man, Lys Mousset, coming on. 

71'

WHAT A SAVE!

The Cherries should be ahead but for a great save by Dean Henderson!

We counter quickly down the right side, a chipped cross finds Wilson in the box. He flicks it into the path of Ryan Fraser who drives his effort to the top corner.

Somehow, Henderson gets across to push away. Tremendous save!

Harry Wilson is replaced by Joshua King, for his first action of 2020. 

63'

Pressure from the home side

Sheffield United are on top at the moment, with a barrage of pressure that comes with the number of players they push forward.

Not that there have been any clear cut opportunities in the last few minutes as Bournemouth have defended well but they'll be keen to gather a bit more control of the ball.

They do fashion an opportunity of sorts as Callum Wilson nods down to Harry Wilson but his volley is well over.

60'

Close for Ake!

A Cherries corner is away by Mcburnie but headed back in the box. Francis puts it in the danger area and Ake swivels to hit it at goal, watching it fall just wide of the left post.

Meanwhile John Lundstram replaces Sander Berge. 

55'

Smith drives over

Adam Smith receives the ball in acres of space outside the box, he takes the ball past one defender and smashes the ball with his left foot.

His effort flies harmlessly wide but better from the Cherries.

51'

Dan Gosling receives treatment

A high-challenge by John Egan requires Dan Gosling to receive treatment. He looks to be okay though. 

Chris Wilder receives a yellow card for pushing Andrew Surman in the aftermath. 

47'

Ramsdale saves!

A long clearance forward cuts between the Cherries back-line, McBurnie running onto it.

The Scotland international drives at goal by Ramsdale turns behind with his legs.

First half-chance of the second half.

46'

Back underway!

The second half begins...

HT

Back out!

The sides have returned to the pitch, with kick-off in the second half not far away.

Intriguing second period ahead. 

HT

Despite the late first-half equaliser, the defending from the Cherries has been first-class in the opening period.

Nathan Ake is wrapped up in a fascinating battle with Oli McBurnie, making several key defensive headers while Simon Francis has been similarly impressive in his own box.

In fact, it is the defensive work of Philip Billing which has shone in the first half. He has held his position on the outside of the near post from set pieces and made three or four vital interjections from good deliveries.

Diego Rico currently leads Europe in interceptions and you can see why in this first half as he is constantly on the front foot looking to win the ball back. 

HT

HALF TIME

 Sheffield United 1-1 AFC Bournemouth (HT)

It is level at the break.

We made a fast start and took the lead through Callum Wilson. Chances followed as we controlled much of the opening period,

However, a spell of pressure in the dying moments of the first half resulted in Billy Sharp equalising. 

45'+2'

GOAL - Billy Sharp

Sheffield United 1-1 AFC Bournemouth (Billy Sharp)

The home side are level just before the break.

A corner isn't cleared and Billy Sharp pokes home. 

44'

Heart in mouth moments!

The hosts almost level through Ollie Norwood, the ball falls to him at the edge of the box. He drives at goal and Ake races out to make the block.

It comes off the inside of his leg and wrong-foots Ramsdale but it bounces just wide of the post.

From the resulting corner, McBurnie heads at goal and forces a great save from Ramsdale. 

39'

Yellow card for Enda Stevens

The former Portsmouth defender crunches into Harry Wilson on the right touchline and rightly earns the first yellow card of the encounter.

38'

Here is the moment Callum Wilson put us ahead!

31'

Chance for McBurnie

The game has settled down now and while we've moved the ball well, recent chances have fallen the home sides way.

Enda Stevens doesn't catch his cross as he'd like and sends it low into the box, it squirms through Surman and sits up nicely for McBurnie.

He's forced to stretch and can only really attempt to lift it over Ramsdale and he catches it. 

28'

Set piece danger

A deep corner from the home side is headed into the centre by John Egan where Jack O'Connell flicks over.

It is a good opportunity for the hosts who boast a very tall side, with the likes of O'Connell, Egan and Berge in their team. 

22'

Winning ball back!

It has been a superb start for the Cherries and that has largely come due to how quickly they have won the ball in midfield.

The centre trio of Billing, Surman and Gosling have been key at making tackles and interceptions and subsequently moving the ball upfield quickly.

Callum Wilson has held the ball up well in the opening periods of the game, allowing Harry Wilson and Fraser to pick up areas where they can be dangerous. 

19'

Positive start!

Callum Wilson wheels away after putting us ahead after 13 minutes. 

16'

End to end

Straight from kick-off the Cherries win the ball back and drive forward, Fraser lifts it to the back post and Billing swings at it but can't connect with the ball.

Moments later, Chris Wilder's side counter attack and a drilled ball across the box is met by Sharp but he smashes it into the side netting. 

13'

THE CHERRIES ARE AHEAD!

 Sheffield United 0-1 AFC Bournemouth (Callum Wilson)

Andrew Surman intercepted the ball outside the box, he finds Harry Wilson outside the box. He quickly sprays it to Fraser on the left side of the box.

His cut back finds Harry Wilson again, his shot is blocked but the follow up falls to Callum Wilson and he lifts into the roof of the net!

What a start it has been!

10'

Oooh!

There's an audible gasp around the ground as Callum Wilson drives inches wide of Henderson's left post.

We win a free-kick on the left side of the box and Fraser's delivery is glanced onto the England international at the back stick. He diverts it towards goal and Henderson is stranded, only able to watch it fall the wrong side of the post.

4'

Positive start!

Twice in quick succession the Cherries win the ball in midfield and drive up the field quickly.

The first time, Fraser is found in lots of space but is quickly closed down but moments later Surman wins the ball again and finds Fraser again, his cut back is headed at goal by Harry Wilson but it was comfortably dealt with.

Positive signs though! 

4'

Early corner for the Cherries

Good play down the left-side between Fraser and Rico, the latter showing some intelligence to play the ball of Berge for a corner.

The corner is short and cut back to Rico to curl in, it's an enticing delivery and Ake rises highest. His header can't be diverted goalwards. 

2'

Quick start from the home side

It is a quick start by the home team as a nicely weighted ball finds Oli McBurnie beyond the defence, he cuts back to Fleck in the area.

He drives an effort at goal but Francis gets across to block well. Early warning sign though?

1'

We're underway!

Sheffield United get the game started. Let's go! 

13:59

The sun is out!

Amazingly, the sun is out. It feels like a true Premier League clash now!

Kick-off moments away now...

13:55

Here we go!

Simon Francis leads the lads out for this Premier League clash.

Flames ignite at the side of the pitch, which provides some momentary warmth to those in the Tony Currie stand! 

13:46

Midfield dynamics

Jefferson Lerma's suspension means a slightly different dynamic to the Cherries midfield today, with Andrew Surman coming in.

The 34-year-old doesn't offer the same all-action style as Lerma but his ability on the ball is a real asset.

He'll likely sit in front of the midfield and look to get the ball to the front men, or at least keep the tempo ticking over.

This will mean greater responsibility for Philip Billing and Dan Gosling to cover ground and impact offensively and defensively. Their performances against Villa, especially following the red card, show that this is something they have in the locker.

Eddie Howe will be boosted by the return of Joshua King on the bench, who could be a real impact man if required. He provides a different threat to the technical quality of Dom Solanke. 

13:37

Kick off a conversation - #HeadsUp


13:13

Familiar Surroundings

Someone who knows Bramall Lane well is our 'keeper, Aaron Ramsdale.

He arrived from the Blades on January 31, 2017, and has since established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in the Premier League.

His move to the south coast was given the green light by Chris Wilder, who interrupted his own wedding day let the goalkeeper move to the top-flight. Aaron says, "He reminded me of that quite a lot."

13:08

How the home side line-up...

12:51

TEAM NEWS NOT FAR AWAY!

Confirmation of how Eddie Howe's side line up isn't far away now.

We do know that Joshua King and Jack Stacey have returned to training and will be hoping for a spot in the squad.

Jefferson Lerma definitely misses out following his sending off in the win over Aston Villa, Andrew Surman and Lewis Cook will be candidates to replace him. 

12:40

Heads Up!

This afternoon, we are joining the football community in supporting the 'Heads Up' campaign.

The foundation, run by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is looking to highlight the power of talking as a way to support one another and normalise what can be thought of as a difficult subject.

In short, it is okay not to be okay.

More details on the foundation can be found here -  https://www.headstogether.org.uk/heads-up/ 

12:25

Record v Sheffield United

We're going to be honest - our record against Sheffield United isn't great.

The sides have met 16 times since 1981 and we have only won once, a 0-1 victory in 1987.

Sheffield United have won 10 times and we've drawn on five occasions.

However, you know how the famous saying goes: "No time like the 17th match to win your second game against Sheffield United". Just flows off your tongue.  

12:14

Storm Ciara coming in!

Very, very wet but the pitch looks in great shape at Bramall Lane! 

11:54

Last meeting...

The last time we faced off with the Blades was the opening day of this season, ending in a draw.

We took the lead through Chris Mepham before Billy Sharp scrambled an equaliser home in the dying moments of the game. 

11:30

WELCOME TO OUR LIVE COVERAGE

We've arrived at a wet, windy Bramall Lane for this afternoon's Premier League crash.

Eddie Howe's side make the trip to Sheffield hoping to make it three league wins in a row for the first time since March 2016.

This live blog will take you through all the action this afternoon, come rain or shine - or rain and an awful lot of wind as a more likely option! 

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    West Ham United0
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As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Liverpool 25 +45 73
2 Manchester City 25 +36 51
3 Leicester City 25 +28 49
4 Chelsea 25 +9 41
5 Sheffield United 26 +4 39
6 Tottenham Hotspur 25 +8 37
7 Everton 26 -4 36
8 Manchester United 25 +7 35
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 +3 35
10 Arsenal 25 -2 31
11 Burnley 25 -10 31
12 Newcastle United 25 -12 31
13 Southampton 25 -15 31
14 Crystal Palace 26 -9 30
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 26 -7 27
17 Aston Villa 25 -15 25
18 West Ham United 25 -13 24
19 Watford 26 -16 24
20 Norwich City 25 -23 18

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