Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham – Sharp penalty cancels out Lookman opener

Billy Sharp scored a late penalty to earn Sheffield United their first point of the season in the Premier League. The home side will argue they deserved the point, the visitors will be adamant they should have taken all three.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder: “I thought we were good in the first half. Second half they were in the ascendancy. We lost a bit of control in the second half and got a bit anxious which I could understand when you are after the first result of the season.

“Delighted we got it, still a lot to work on. We are not playing with that freedom and confidence we had because of the start to the season but small acorns and that. Hopefully, it will kick us on to better things.

“I don’t think desperation comes into it, more a word that is not a strong as that. Elementary mistakes, people giving balls away, cheap play. They are good players, they are just going through that bit of anxiety at the moment.

“It was a difficult one because we did not have any control of the game. The players need to clear their heads a little bit. They have done fantastically well to get into this position and they need to enjoy it as well. I was delighted with the first half, I felt we controlled it.

“We are in the Premier League way ahead of time but we were never not going to come into it. When the door opened a couple of years ago we were going to jump into it. We were just lacking that bit of belief and hopefully we will kick on.

“We want to be in the Premier League but we understand as well it is tough. Our position last year will have raised people’s hopes around here but I knew it was going to be difficult. When you don’t get the start you want to have it makes it a bit difficult for us.”

What next?
Sheffield United visit Liverpool on Saturday (kick-off 20:00 BST), while Fulham host Crystal Palace earlier that day (15:00). If you are interested in online betting, make sure you gamble only at the best sportsbooks.
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