Match Report – Sunderland 1-2 Sheffield United

2PEAJ00 Sunderland, UK. 15th March 2023Referee Matthew Donahue listens to appeals from Sunderland players following a foul on Sheffield United’s Iliman Ndiaye during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Sheffield United at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on Wednesday 15th March 2023. (Photo: Michael Driver | MI News) Credit: MI News & Sport /Alamy Live News

Sheffield United came from behind to beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. 

Edouard Michut gave Sunderland the lead in the 29th minute when he slotted past Wes Foderingham in the Sheffield United goal. 

The visitors brought themselves level on the stroke of half-time courtesy of a James McAtee strike. The turnaround was complete in the 61st minute when Tommy Doyle’s free kick found the bottom corner.  

Tony Mowbray named an unchanged starting eleven from the 1-0 win at Norwich on Sunday, whilst Alex Pritchard returned to bench in place of Ellis Taylor. Daniel Jebbison came into the visitors’ side in place of Oli Mcburnie, as they looked to bounce back from the defeat against Luton on Saturday. 

Despite Trai Hume testing Foderingham early on, Sheffield United dominated the game in the first twenty minutes, with Patterson saving low to his right from an effort from Jebbison. Hume was then perhaps lucky to remain on the field as the right back was only shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Jebbison.  

The first goal of the game came in the 29th minute of the game when Michut was slipped in on goal by Abdullah Ba before finding the bottom corner for his first Black Cats goal. The Sheffield United equaliser came in the first minute of first half stoppage time when McAtee found the bottom to round off a fine counter attack. 

The Blades took the lead in the 61st minute when Doyle’s crossed free kick went all the way through the box to find the bottom corner, despite Sander Berge appearing to be in an offside position. Sunderland responded well to falling behind, with Jack Clarke testing Foderingham before Patrick Roberts hit the post in the space of two minutes.  

Sunderland were left furious when Dan Ballard’s appeals for penalty were turned away and a free kick was instead awarded to the visitors.  

Despite late pressure from Sunderland, Sheffield United held on to take the three points and move themselves six points clear in the automatic promotion places.