Sheffield United 0-1 Queens Park Rangers: Chris Willock wins Hoops at Blades

It was Chris Willock’s sixth goal of the season in Sheffield United’s win over QPR

Championship leaders Sheffield United suffered their first home defeat of the season as Chris Willock bolstered Queens Park Rangers’ promotion push with a solitary goal at Bramall Lane.

The striker played a two-one-two with Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird and squeezed his shot, from a tight angle, between goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and his post to make it five wins from seven for Rs.

The defeat meant that United, who only lost their record at home to a 1-1 draw with Birmingham on Saturday, were condemned to their first loss since the opening day of the season.

Rangers’ defense limited the Blades’ chances, with Tommy Doyle going the closest with a 30-yard drive that whistled wide of the post, and QPR should have finished when the impressive Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair missed two chances. interval of a few seconds.

The Blades managed to stay top of the table after goal difference Norwich draw at Reading but Rangers went three points clear of the two teams with a rare win in South Yorkshire.

Londons do not usually grow north of the Watford Gap; this was only their third win at Bramall Lane in 15 attempts, the last coming in 2010 under Neil Warnock.

The home fans reacted with boos at the end, although it was largely aimed at referee James Linington, who failed to see that Sander Berge’s shirt had clearly been pulled into the box by Andre Dozzell when he tried to convert the chance late on.

That didn’t hide the fact that the Rs deserved to win, with centre-backs Jimmy Dunne and Leon Balogun leading a stiff resistance, while Chair’s low-gravity running and creativity saw the visitors have the better chances.

Willock’s goal was his sixth in nine appearances this season, putting him behind the Championship’s leading scorer Oscar Estupinan.

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom:

On Sander Berger’s sentence appeal: “The bad thing is that Sander got injured by planting his foot when he was going to kick the ball, pulling the shirt with both hands. We sent him directly for a scan but we don’t know. [the extent].”

Oli McBurnie’s booking, which will result in a one-match ban: “His last booking was for jumping into the crowd and this one for talking to the referee. That’s not good enough.”

QPR boss Richard Beale:

“Chris [Willock] he’s one of the best players in the league, he’s been great this year and he’s scored some great goals back.

“We’ve been away to Bristol tonight and we’re away again on Friday. If you want the best players in this league to play… it’s important not to underestimate the product because the Championship is an unbelievable league with 23 teams that can all beat each other.

“We’re traveling home at God knows what time and we’re live on Sky on Friday night. Why Friday and not Saturday and Sunday? – That’s what’s going to cause muscle injuries.”

The eleven

Sheff United

training 3-5-2

  • 18Foderingham
  • 6Basham
  • 12EganBooked in 22 minutes
  • 33Norrington-Davies
  • 2Baldockreplaced byKhadrain 47′minutes
  • 8Berge
  • 16Norwood
  • 22Doylereplaced byBrewsterin 64′minutes
  • 20Boglereplaced byMcAteein 77′minutes
  • 29I’m leaving
  • 9McBurniereplaced byThe strictnessin 64′minutes


  • 1Davies
  • 7Brewster
  • 10The strictness
  • 11Khadra
  • 28McAtee
  • 30Arblaster
  • 34gordon


training 4-3-3

  • 1Dieng
  • 27Laird
  • 26Let’s goBooked in 76 minutes
  • 3duneBooked in 82 minutes
  • 22the polo
  • 8Amosreplaced byIroegbunin 77′minutes
  • 15Zone
  • 17Dozzell
  • 11Robertsreplaced byClarke-Salterin 66′minutes
  • 10the chairreplaced byAdomahin 77′minutes
  • 7Willockreplaced bydikesin 56′minutes


  • 4dickie
  • 5Clarke-Salter
  • 6Johansen
  • 9dikes
  • 13the archer
  • 37Adomah
  • 47Iroegbun

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