DERBY DELIGHT FOR BLADES!
IT WAS the first Steel City derby for five years last Sunday – and it was worth the wait for Sheffield United fans.
Chris Wilder’s Blades, buoyant after storming to the League One title last term, ripped Sheffield Wednesday to shreds, triumphing 4-2 at a shellshocked Hillsborough.
Midfielder John Fleck (Pic 1) cracked home a free-kick in the third minute to set the tone and ex-Owl Leon Clarke doubled the lead with just 15 minutes played to put United in dreamland.
To their credit, Wednesday put their nightmare start behind them. The in-form Gary Hooper clinically pulled one back on the stroke of half-time before sub Lucas Joao rifled the ball high into the net on 65 minutes (Pic 2) to get Hillsborough bouncing.
Yet just when it looked as if all the momentum was with Carlos Carvalhal’s men, back came United. Their own super-sub Mark Duffy scored a superb solo goal just two minutes later to put the Blades ahead again.
Then it was the turn of Clarke (Pic 3) to force his way through and cleverly dink the ball past Keiren Westwood for the fourth with 13 minutes left.
There was no way back for Wednesday this time. The Blades lustily celebrated a magnificent win in their arch-rivals’ back yard.
Bring on the return at Bramall Lane in January…
SUPER-SUB: Mark Duffy celebrates his stunning strike which put the Blades 3-2 up