Sheff Utd 1-0 Wolves

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Mike McGrath

A John Egan goal three min­utes into in­jury time gave Sh­effield United a hard-earned vic­tory and closed the gap on Wolves in the race for a place in Europe next sea­son.

Chris Wilder drank un­til 4.30am af­ter last week’s win over Tot­ten­ham and can now toast beat­ing another Cham­pi­ons League-chas­ing ri­val. His team are still in the run­ning to drink at Europe’s top ta­ble.

John Egan’s header with sec­onds re­main­ing set­tled mat­ters, while Wolves have en­dured a week to for­get with two de­feats af­ter start­ing Project Restart look­ing as if they would gate­crash the top four.

“We shouldn’t be any­where near the po­si­tion we are in,” Wilder said. “Peo­ple should be fo­cused on us not be­ing in the bot­tom three.”

Wilder’s team looked like head­ing into mid-ta­ble a week ago, but ap­pear re­vived af­ter the Spurs win and their vic­tory here was built on Egan’s match-win­ning dis­play and the re­turn of Jack O’Con­nell for his first start af­ter a knee in­jury.

“I was de­lighted in ev­ery­thing the play­ers did,” Wilder said. “We wrapped up some re­ally good play­ers at the top of the pitch. We didn’t want to be a team who sat in and waited to be de­feated.”

The clos­est Nuno Espir­ito Santo’s side came was a long-range free­kick from Ruben Neves that hit the cross­bar.

Adama Traore dis­lo­cated his shoul­der in the first 90 sec­onds and was blunted af­ter he had it popped back in. Raul Jimenez failed to get a shot away as they came up against the team with the best de­fen­sive record out­side the top two.

“It’s the same is­sue Adama had be­fore,” said Nuno. “Let’s see how he can over­come it. He’s in pain now but he’s a strong boy.”

The win­ner came from a cor­ner af­ter Ben Os­born had a vol­ley turned around the post by Rui Pa­tri­cio. Oliver Nor­wood swung over the set-piece, with Egan los­ing his marker Jonny be­fore climb­ing above Willy Boly to head home.

“It’s tough, it has been a tough pe­riod, but we know we play Ever­ton on Sun­day and must raise our stan­dards,” said Nuno. “We can­not be judged only by this last mo­ment.”

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