Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic said his side could have scored even more goals in their 6-2 hammering of Peterborough United yesterday afternoon, speaking to The Star.
21-year-old striker Iliman Ndiaye, who signed fresh terms at Bramall Lane earlier in the month, scored a brace on his first Championship start for the Blades, with Ben Osborn also grabbing two goals, while John Fleck and new signing Morgan Gibbs-White also got in on the act.
This was a huge relief to a Sheffield United side who had only managed to score once in their opening five second-tier fixtures of the campaign, dragging themselves out of the relegation zone with this maiden victory of the 2021/22 Championship season and setting them on course for a much brighter campaign.
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Although manager Jokanovic was only appointed as manager of the South Yorkshire side at the end of May, winning Championship promotion with Fulham and Watford in the past, a defeat against Darren Ferguson’s men would have put further pressure on the Serbian’s position as Blades boss.
So this victory may have come as a huge relief on the inside for the 53-year-old who praised his side heavily following this 6-2 victory, but still identified one potential source of frustration in his post-match press conference.
He said to The Star: “I must be satisfied, I complained that my team hasn’t created enough chances.
“We scored six and we could have scored some more.
“We need this kind of victory. It is important to get three points, it was [an] important win. But for me, the most important thing is my players start to trust themselves and trust they can win games.”
If your manager is pointing out the fact they could and perhaps should have scored more as his only criticism, then you know it’s been a wonderful performance.
After such a poor start to the campaign, Jokanovic’s side could have easily folded against Peterborough United who will continue to be fighting for their life to survive in the second tier, but the likes of Iliman Ndiaye, Ben Osborn and Morgan Gibbs-White stepped up to the plate and their contributions may have just been crucial to the direction of the Blades’ 2021/22 campaign.
The fact they could have also scored more should also be a great source of encouragement for a side that were in such poor attacking form going into this game. Scoring once in your opening five leagues just isn’t good enough and this is the sort of record that was carried over from the 2020/21 season.
They scored just 20 goals in 38 Premier League matches last term, a poor record that will hopefully now be improved by the likes of Ndiaye, Gibbs-White and other fresh faces.
The Blades also have Billy Sharp who they can continue to count on in the Championship, now it’s time for Oli McBurnie, Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick to show what they can do in Lys Mousset’s absence, because the Frenchman will be keen to impress when he returns from injury.