Aleksandar Mitrovic missed a penalty after which gave away one on the different finish as Fulham and Sheffield United performed out a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane.
Each groups got here into this one underneath a cloud of nerves having not taken any factors from any of their Premier League fixtures this season and Ademola Lookman’s wonderful strike 13 minutes from time appeared to have handed Scott Parker’s males victory.
Nonetheless, Mitrovic, who had already blazed over a penalty (57), fouled Jack Robinson inside the world which was noticed by VAR and Billy Sharp fired residence the equaliser from 12 yards (85).
After being dominated within the opening 45 minutes, Fulham seemed an enormous menace late on and Mitrovic compounded his nightmare day by lacking an excellent likelihood with the final kick of the sport.
Sheffield United now face a difficult set of fixtures nonetheless with out a win to their title with Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea subsequent up.
How Mitrovic had a recreation to neglect…
You are feeling some golf equipment just like the Blades are lacking their residence followers greater than most, dropping their final three fixtures at Bramall Lane with out scoring. The texture-good issue that had them pushing for the European locations for many of final season has been changed by a run of seven successive league defeats both facet of the summer time break.
That edginess was felt within the early phases as Tom Cairney stung the palms of Aaron Ramsdale with a fierce drive. Fulham knocked the ball round confidently with Ruben Loftus-Cheek discovering pockets of area however it was the Blades that carried the better menace when within the ultimate third.
John Egan was cleared to play for Sheffield United and took the captain’s armband however Blades boss Chris Wilder made three modifications from the workforce that began the defeat at Arsenal previous to the break as Max Lowe, Oliver Norwood and Oli McBurnie got here into the facet. Membership-record signing Rhian Brewster was named on the bench.
Fulham handed debuts to new signings Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tosin Adarabioyo. Fellow latest arrival Ademola Lookman additionally acquired his first begin after impressing instead in opposition to Wolves.
Chris Basham confirmed distinctive high quality on 29 minutes to seek out Oli McBurnie six yards out with the purpose gaping, however the Scotland striker summed up the insecurity throughout the Blades’ ranks as he might solely head straight at Alphonse Areola. It was considered one of 4 saves the on-loan PSG man needed to make within the first interval with the harmful Sander Berge and McBurnie maintaining the stopper very busy.
Berge’s motion to hitch the entrance two was a relentless pest for Fulham to take care of and he thought he had equipped the cross for the opener simply earlier than the break when Tosin Adarabioyo put the ball into his personal web and the assistant referee raised his flag as Berge was half a yard offside.
Chris Wilder can have been upset to not have headed in on the break with a bonus.
That wastefulness virtually got here again to hang-out Wilder’s males when Robinson inexplicably dealt with the ball within the space when difficult Loftus-Cheek on 56 minutes. An agitated-looking Mitrovic, who had been quiet, stepped up however blazed a poorly executed penalty over the crossbar. Fulham boss Parker seemed away in disgust on the touchline. His striker has failed to attain 4 of his final 10 penalties in all competitions since enjoying on these shores.
Robinson – little question respiratory a sigh of aid – redeemed himself minutes later when Fulham created a four-on-two counter assault however the defender learn Ivan Cavaleiro’s cross to make an important clearance as Loftus-Cheek was on for a tap-in.
Wilder’s workforce appeared to lose their fluidity from the primary half and it was Fulham who seemed filled with power and concepts. That stated, a purpose didn’t look seemingly till Lookman tricked his well beyond Basham on the sting of the field earlier than firing an unstoppable effort into the roof of the web.
The response from the hosts was not prompt however a set piece offered them with the chance to stage. In a scramble to clear following Areola’s spill, Robinson acquired his toe in entrance of Mitrovic contained in the field and the replays confirmed he was clearly taken out. Referee Andre Mariner was instructed to go over to his pitchside monitor and subsequently awarded the penalty, which Sharp fired residence.
That was not the tip of the drama as Mitrovic rose highest within the six-yard field in harm time however someway managed to thump his header large of the publish.
Man of the match: Sander Berge
Regardless of operating out of steam within the second half, Wilder will likely be taking many positives out of his workforce’s efficiency, particularly within the opening exchanges. On the forefront of their incisive play was Berge, whose intelligent positioning and operating from midfield was very troublesome for Fulham to take care of. He was inches away from offering the second that might have damaged the impasse when his cross was changed into his personal web by Adarabioyo however he was flagged offside.
What the managers stated…
Fulham boss Scott Parker: “General I am a bit upset, once you get your nostril in entrance with 10 minutes to go you wish to see it out. We had some huge probabilities to see it out at 2-0, however it wasn’t meant to be. There have been some actual positives. There have been parts we did not like within the first half so we modified that and we seemed an actual menace within the second half. We prompted Sheffield loads of issues. General I am upset, to be so shut to a few factors and are available away from one. However I feel there have been some positives to remove.”
- Sheffield United have did not win any of their opening 5 league video games to a season (D1 L4) for the primary time because the 2006-07 marketing campaign, once they had been relegated from the Premier League.
- This was Fulham’s first attract 15 Premier League matches underneath Parker (W3 L11). Certainly, it was their first stalemate in 24 matches within the competitors since a 1-1 draw with Wolves in December 2018.
- Sharp’s strike from the penalty spot was Sheffield United’s first purpose in 368 minutes of Premier League motion at Bramall Lane since David McGoldrick scored their third in opposition to Chelsea in July.
- Lookman scored his first purpose in 37 Premier League appearances; his solely earlier purpose within the competitors got here on his debut in opposition to Manchester Metropolis for Everton in January 2017, three years and 277 days in the past.
- Mitrovic was the primary participant to each miss a penalty and provides away a penalty in the identical Premier League recreation since Mikel Arteta for Arsenal in November 2012 – which was in opposition to Fulham.
- Fulham picked up their first factors of the season and left Sheffield United within the mire with Ademola Lookman firing residence in a 1-Zero win at Bramall Lane.
Sheffield United journey to champions Liverpool subsequent Saturday night, reside on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace. In the meantime, Fulham host London rivals Crystal Palace in a 3pm kick-off on the Saturday.