Despite Sheffield United’s comfortable win at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday, the Yorkshire Post has warned against them showing complacency if they want an immediate return to the Premier League.
The Blades were 3-0 up with 15 minutes to go before the Tigers pulled a goal back and almost set up a grandstand finish, having a goal ruled out for offside late on.
Blades Manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, would have been frustrated by this comeback as acknowledged by his striker, Billy Sharp, who commented: “I thought we were really good in spells of the game, but then had a little sloppy spell where we let them back in the game. Tyler Smith came on and changed the game a little bit for them, getting in behind us and we were sloppy in the final third. We know we can do better, but three points is the main thing.”
Sharp, who opened the scoring and later missed a penalty, also focused on the positives, especially the fact that two of their strikes came from set-pieces stating to the Yorkshire Post: “The gaffer has been onto us about our set-pieces not being good enough and has given us all the details and we have not put them into action and performed them, but he will be delighted with the two set-piece goals.”
Hull goalkeeper Matt Ingram also focused on United’s set-pieces in his post-match comments, stating: “There are fine details we need to work on and get better at. It is a tough thing to work on in training as it is not a technical or tactical thing, it is literally sticking with your man and making sure he does not score.”
Hull remain in the drop-zone following Saturday’s result whilst Sheffield United’s second consecutive win sees them move up the table, heading in the direction they would expect to be before the start of the season.
United had the game in their hands on Saturday but almost let it slip from their grasp following a lack of concentration. This would have concerned Jokanovic who will ask his players to show more maturity when closing out games they are dominating.
Hull also need to stick to the basics and reduce the number of sloppy goals they concede from set-pieces to ensure their return to the Championship is not a short one.