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Champions Fulham lose at Sheffield United ~ Cham MD46 ~ 21/22

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Match Report

Sheffield United (3) 4-0 (0) Fulham

Championship Match Day 46 21/22 at Bramall Lane

Saturday 7th May 2022    KO: 12:30

Referee: Josh Smith (Cambridgeshire)

Match Stats Sheff Utd Fulham
Goals (3) 4 0 (0)
Scorers Gibbs-White 10 -
Ndiaye 21 -
Berge 25 -
Stevens 49 -
Goal attempts 10 14
On target 5 4
Shooting Accuracy 50% 29%
Possession 35% 65%
Passes 304 568
Passes Success 68% 84%
Crosses 8 20
Crosses Success 38% 15%
Corners 2 7
Tackles 23 14
Tackles Success 52% 64%
Saves 4 1
Fouls 17 12
Offsides 6 1
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Sheffield United secured a play-off spot after sweeping aside champions Fulham 4-0.

Knowing a win would guarantee the extension of their season, the Blades were 3-0 up after 25 minutes following goals from Morgan Gibbs-White, Iliman Ndiaye and Sander Berge.

Enda Stevens rounded off the scoring early in the second half, with Nottingham Forest next up in the play-offs for Paul Heckingbottom's men.

The hosts formed a guard of honour as the Fulham players came out of the tunnel before kick-off, the champions looking for a 28th win of the season, and Bobby Decordova-Reid had an early shot blocked before United took the lead.

The goal came in the 10th minute when Ben Osborn played the ball back to Oli Norwood, whose cross was met by a near-post header from Gibbs-White with the ball going in off Paulo Gazzaniga's left-hand post.

Gibbs-White threatened again soon afterwards with a shot which hit the side netting, while at the other end, Kenny Tete tried a rising shot from distance which cleared the bar.

The home side continued to press with Ndiaye having a shot deflected wide and Jack Robinson putting a glancing header over from the resulting corner.

United increased their lead when Berge took advantage of a Jean Michael Seri slip and found Gibbs-White in the area and he squared to Ndiaye (21) who fired past Gazzaniga from around 12 yards out.

It was 3-0 four minutes later when Gibbs-White headed the ball on to Ndiaye whose low cross was swept in by Berge at the near post.

Fulham boss Marco Silva made a change after half an hour with Josh Onomah taking over from Nathaniel Chalobah.

Onomah was soon involved in the action, firing a shot from the edge of the area straight at Wes Foderingham.

The visitors threatened again when Neeskens Kebano sliced an angled shot wide and then Fabio Carvalho saw his effort saved by Foderingham with his legs.

Stevens added a fourth goal four minutes after the restart when Berge found him unmarked inside the area following a flowing move and he applied the finish.

The hosts eased off the pressure after the fourth goal went in; Gibbs-White put an effort over while John Egan saw his goal-bound header blocked.

Fulham were restricted to a low shot from Kebano which was deflected wide and a header from Rodrigo Muniz which was saved by Foderingham down low to his right.

It was an impressive performance from United which will boost their confidence going into the play-offs, with Forest eventually confirmed as their opponents after late drama in their game at Hull.

Sheffield United's Paul Heckingbottom: "The main thing was getting there. We wanted to do it our way. We didn't want to be thinking about results elsewhere. To do that, you've got to focus on your performance and do things right.

The boys were good. I've said all along that we've got good players. We can't win every game - we know we'll not - but we've extended the season, which is great and what we all wanted.

"We couldn't have done much more in terms of being aggressive, stopping Fulham, trying to play forward quick, creating chances and we scored the goals. We'll celebrate being in the play-offs and we'll enjoy it, however we haven't won anything and haven't achieved anything. We've got more to do."

Fulham's Marco Silva: "It wasn't the way we wanted to finish the season. It was a tough result for us. We started well and dominated until they scored the first goal. The way we conceded the second and third goals reflects our performance. It is a good thing that in the last 15 days we had two moments to celebrate. The players deserve it.

"With the ball, we were really good in certain moments of the game but without the ball it was not good enough. We were not aggressive enough - most of the challenges they won. In terms of organisation, we were not at the level we should be and of course they punished us in those moments.

I know why we lost the game, and we have to analyse the game and to prepare well ourselves for next season. In my opinion, it is a really important moment for this football club next season."

Sheffield United: Foderingham, Robinson, Basham, Egan, Fleck (Hourihane 75), Stevens, Osborn, Norwood, Gibbs-White (Jebbison 78), Berge, Ndiaye (Osula 62)

Unused substitutes: Davies, Davies, Baldock, Norrington-Davies

Gibbs-White 10 (header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.)

Ndiaye 21 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White.)

Berge 25 (left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Iliman Ndiaye.)

Stevens 49 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sander Berge.)

Booked: Fleck (27,f), Stevens (85,f),

Fulham: Gazzaniga, Tete, Hector, Ream, Robinson, Chalobah (Onomah 30), Seri (Reed 72), Kebano, Carvalho, De Cordova-Reid, Mitrovic (Muniz 60)

Unused substitutes: Adarabioyo, Cavaleiro, Fabri, Stansfield

Booked: Hector (68,f),

Referee: Josh Smith (Cambridgeshire)

Attendance: -

Source SkySports
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