It was a depressing first half from Newcastle at Bramall Lane as Sheffield dominated the half with ten shots. Thankfully, only 2 were on target and Karl Darlow did well to save those.
There’s been little from Newcastle other than a missed chance from Callum Wilson. To top things off, Ryan Fraser was booked twice and Newcastle are down to ten men.
Newcastle, in their yellow away strips, were set up in a 5-2-3 with Hayden and Hendrick in the midfield, Yedlin on the right, and Dummett on the left. Sean Longstaff and Fraser were behind Wilson.
The hosts saw much of the ball even in the early stages but didn’t create much at first. Newcastle had an early cross from Fraser that was out of Wilson’s reach. The first shot of the match was a wayward effort from Sheffield’s John Lundstram in the 9th minute.
The Blades had a great chance in the 12th minute when David McGoldrick’s run wasn’t followed by a Newcastle defender. The striker’s effort was parried by Darlow as Sheffield started asking some serious questions.
After 25 minutes, it was all Sheffield who had the lion’s share of possession and the game’s only chances. Newcastle produced no shots and once again gave the ball away needlessly.
Newcastle’s first shot came in the 27th minute from a Callum Wilson header. Federico Fernandez delivered a perfect cross but Wilson’s effort went wide of the target. It was a missed chance from the striker.
Sheffield soon followed with a missed header of their own. Ethan Ampadu launched a tempting ball into the box. David McGoldrick met it with the back of his but it sailed over the crossbar.
Sheffield continued to put pressure on Newcastle, who had some timely blocks and challenges from our defenders to keep the Blades off the scoresheet.
The hosts piled the chances in late in search of a breakthrough. They didn’t find one but Ryan Fraser was sent off after receiving two late bookings for silly challenges. This performance has been woeful, pathetic, and just depressing to witness.