John Fleck’s goal for Sheffield United against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday has set the new record for the most passes in the build-up to a goal, according to Opta.
16 – John Fleck's goal for Sheffield United vs Bolton Wanderers today ended a sequence of 16 uninterrupted passes, involving nine of their 10 outfield players. No Championship goal this season has had a longer build-up. Blades. pic.twitter.com/5z2gMWxlwA
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Fleck’s 73rd-minute striker came at the end of an impressive 16 pass move by the Blades which involved nine of Chris Wilder’s ten outfield players.
It rounded off an impressive performance and clinched a 3-0 win for United at the University of Bolton stadium to end their host’s unbeaten start to the season.
Fleck cooly finished from Enda Stevens cross and it marks the first time the club have won consecutive away games since September 2017.
The scoring was opened by Mark Duffy in just the fifth minute of the game.
The 32-year-old swept home Chris Basham’s pass before the lead was doubled just 17 minutes later.
Kieron Freeman’s cross somehow made its way all the way into Ben Alnwick’s net after a clever dummy from David McGoldrick.
It puts the Blades on nine points from a possible 15 and bumps them up to within one place of a playoff spot.
It was a really brilliant goal from the Blades and really encapsulated the confidence with which they are playing at the moment.
It topped off what was a great team performance and ensured they secured an important three points.
Now, Chris Wilder’s men will look to build on that and their great recent form as they continue to push up the Championship table despite a slow start.
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