Yan adds a Dutch of class for Canaries
YANIC WILDSCHUT’S goal ended Sheffield United’s three-match winning run, as battling Norwich shaded a feisty encounter at Bramall Lane.
The Dutch midfielder was left with space inside the penalty area and his shot across keeper Jamal Blackman found the bottom corner to give Daniel Farke’s side a deserved lead against an out-of-sorts Blades defence.
United, though, could have been in front after David Brooks did brilliantly to get past Tom Trybull and burst into the area but his effort was well saved by Norwich keeper Angus Gunn.
Ched Evans and Brooks both saw shots blocked as the home side pressed for an equaliser before the break.
The game’s major talking point, though, came in the second half, as Blades boss Chris Wilder was sent from his technical area.
A frustrated Wilder lashed out at the Norwich water bottles as he went to give the ball back and was sent to the stands, to the anger of the home fans.
Sheffield struggled to break Norwich down and their best chance went begging in the 57th minute, when Mark Duffy’s free-kick from the right was met by Evans but he sent a free header wide.
Norwich had two penalty appeals denied, both from challenges on substitute James Husband.
And deep into injury time Brooks missed a last chance to equalise, blazing over from inside the box.
Canaries boss Farke said: “It was a close game but it was a really important win and we are very happy.
“If you don’t score the second goal you have to defend everything and that’s what we did. I can’t remember a clear chance for Sheffield.” the opening half-hour, but his shot was blocked by Huddersfield midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri, making his first start for the club.
Aaron Mooy ran the show for Huddersfield, every pass pinged to the
WINNER: Hitman Wildschut ■
LOWE BLOW: Andy King wins a penalty after Chris Lowe’s challenge in the box