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PREVIEW: Sheffield United v Burnley

Build-up as renewal of Roses battle brings out best of British

1 November 2019

The Roses battle between Burnley and Sheffield United makes a welcome return to the fixture list as the two prepare to meet for the first time in eight seasons.

The Blades’ promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since a one-season stay in 2006-07 renews a rivalry that arguably peaked in the 2009 Championship Play-Off final at Wembley.

Sean Dyche celebrated seven years in charge of the Clarets earlier this week, but this will be his first tilt at a United side managed since May, 2016 by Yorkshireman Chris Wilder, who was born on the outskirts of the steel city and played over 100 games for the team he supported and now manages.

Both have worked wonders with their respective clubs, winning two promotions each in displaying more than just a healthy dose of northern grit.

Not surprisingly then, there is a mutual appreciation of each other’s achievements as they prepare to lock horns at Bramall Lane.

“I think Chris has done a brilliant job, not just there but I think in his whole career when you look down it and see what he has achieved at all the different places he’s been to,” said Dyche, who was often invited into the manager’s office at Northampton Town when Wilder was in charge – and winning the League Two title – of Dyche’s local club.

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“I’ve a lot of time for him and his staff and his players who are doing a great job and continue to do so.

“We certainly don’t think it’s anything other than another very tough game.

“I think they’ve adapted well to the reality of the Premier League. I just hope they don’t do it well on Saturday, of course.”

United currently lead the 13th-placed Clarets by a point after making an impressive start to life back among the elite.

But with Burnley now in their fourth successive season of Premier League football – it’s a blueprint overseen by Dyche that Wilder, four years Dyche’s senior at the age of 52, would like to follow.

The Blades’ boss – who also enjoyed success in charge of Alfreton Town, Halifax Town and Oxford United – said: “I’ve got a lot of respect for Sean. I’ve known him a while. He’s played in these parts so I came across him as a player and obviously followed his managerial career from Watford into Burnley.

“What he’s done has been exceptional, getting into the Europa League. They’re a benchmark for clubs like ourselves who want to stay in the Premier League.

“I like his team and the way they work together. They’ve got good individuals, they’ve got a plan, they play in a way that’s effective.

“Sean doesn’t get caught up in the hype that surrounds the Premier League and there is a lot. I admire the way he does that.”

Team news

The Clarets will give fitness checks to Chris Wood (hamstring) and Phil Bardsley (back).

Longer-term absentees Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Danny Drinkwater remain unavailable.

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Sheffield United are nursing a few knocks, with ex-Preston forward Callum Robinson among those being assessed.

Top scorer Lys Mousset could get just a second Premier League start after scoring in his last two games.

Form guide

The Clarets have lost their last two games following a four-match unbeaten run ahead of the last international break.

Defeat at Leicester a fortnight ago – when a controversial VAR decision chalked off a late equaliser – ended a three-game unbeaten run away from home.

However, Sean Dyche’s men are still looking for a first away win of the campaign.

Eighth-placed Sheffield United are unbeaten in three games with two draws wrapped around a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Bramall Lane.

Before that the Blades had been beaten three times at home in the Premier League – as well as going out of the Carabao Cup on home soil, like Burnley, to Sunderland.

Opposition camp

Burnley-born Sheffield United midfielder Oliver Norwood – a former season-ticket holder at Turf Moor: “It's where I'm from, I'm proud of where I'm from.

“I always want Burnley to do well, I always look out for their results, but obviously that all changes when I'm on the opposite side and I want my team to win.

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“All my friends are coming on Saturday. I’ve had to fork out for a box for them all. It will be interesting to see if they get kicked out!

“I’ve played against them a few times before, obviously not in the Premier League, but it’s just one of those games.

“To me it’s just a job at the end of the day. I’m going to work on Saturday. I’m not there to make friends and please people, I’m there to do a job for Sheffield United and I want my team to win.”

Match stats

Captain Ben Mee will play his 300th game for the Clarets.

Defensive partner James Tarkowksi is in line to make his 100th league appearance for the club and winger Robbie Brady will make his 50th Premier League appearance for the Clarets if he figures.

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last five games against the Blades but the sides haven’t played each other since New Year’s Day, 2011.

This will be the first top-flight meeting since February, 1976.


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REPORT: Sheffield United 3 Burnley 0

First-half goals settle Roses battle as Clarets suffer third successive defeat

2 November 2019

Burnley’s return to Bramall Lane was not a happy one as they were blown away by three first-half goals in a one-sided Roses battle.

Midfield men John Lundstram – who scored his second and third goals in the Premier League – and John Fleck did the damage as the Clarets were subjected to a third straight defeat.

Sean Dyche’s men had no way back after conceding twice just before the break to extend their winless away record.

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And while they improved in the second half, a buoyant Sheffield United side always had plenty in hand in securing a second successive home win which lifted Chris Wilder's newly-promoted side into the top six.

The Clarets were back in this part of Sheffield for the first time in nine years with Jay Rodriguez – one of the scorers that day – again starting in the Clarets’ attack in the continued injury-enforced-absence of joint leading scorer Chris Wood.

Matt Lowton had also been on the scoresheet in the 3-3 draw in October, 2010 but the former Blade has since swapped clubs and Burnley were grateful to their full-back for a superb piece of defending to stop Lys Mousset sliding United into an early lead.

But the respite was only temporary as the Clarets struggled to keep the home side at bay and with just over a quarter of an hour gone the Blades made their initial superiority pay.

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The diversity of the United attack was causing Burnley problems and when the Yorkshiremen came down their left flank, David McGoldrick’slow cross was touched back by Mousett for Lundstram to coolly steer a side-footed shot into the bottom corner.

The Clarets had offered little in response as they struggled to keep the ball long enough to build up any momentum.

But having taken the best of the Blades early blows they did at least start to gain a foothold in the contest and felt they might have had the chance to equalise from the penalty spot as they approached the half-hour mark.

Dwight McNeil’s floated cross hit the arm of defender Jack O’Connell as Ashley Barnes waited behind him to connect in the six-yard box but following lengthy consultation with the VAR nothing was given.


At one goal down the Clarets would have welcomed the chance to re-group at half-time but two goals in the space of as many minutes just before the break led to a total re-think as a rampant United took complete control of the game.

Lundstram helped himself to his second goal when he arrived at the far post to tuck away a low cross from the excellent Enda Stevens after Mousset had failed to make contact at the near.

And Fleck then made it 3-0 as the Clarets were left shell-shocked, James Tarkowski losing possession to Mousset, whose threaded through-ball was gleefully guided past a static Nick Pope as the Blades doubled their home league goal tally for the season.

Dyche sent on Charlie Taylor in place of Erik Pieters at the start of the second half to try and stem the flow.

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And there could have been a glimmer of hope six minutes into the second half had Barnes taken a decent chance that came his way.

A low cross from Jeff Hendrick was inadvertently steered towards Barnes by O’Connell but the Clarets’ striker lifted his shot on the turn over the bar when a goal might have asked questions of the Blades for the first time.

A second change saw Robbie Brady replace McNeil and the Clarets went close again when Tarkowski forced Dean Henderson into his first save of the afternoon from a Brady corner.

Burnley were dominating possession as the Blades looked to protect what they had but with men committed forward the Clarets almost conceded again mid-way through the half.

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Jack Cork looked as though he was fouled in losing the ball to McGoldrick but the Irishman was allowed to break clear and set up a chance for substitute Billy Sharp, who was denied by Pope’s fine save with an outstretched left leg.

Pope then beat away a volley from Lundstram as the Merseysider exploited inevitable gaps at the back to sniff the chance of a hat-trick.

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He had two further chances to complete the treble and although the Merseysider may regret missing out on the match ball, it was the Clarets who left empty-handed to leave them looking for answers when West Ham come to Turf Moor in a week’s time.

Sheffield United: Henderson; Baldock, Basham, Egan (Jagielka 79), O’Connell, Stevens; Norwood, Fleck; Lundstram, McGoldrick (McBurnie 75), Mousset (Sharp 63). Substitutes: Moore, Freeman, Robinson, Besic.

Booked: None

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters (Taylor HT); Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, O’Neil (Brady 59); Barnes, Rodriguez (Vydra 78). Substitutes: Hart, Gibson, Lennon, Bardsley.

Booked: Tarkowski, Barnes

Referee: Simon Hooper

Attendance: 31,131

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