Nakamba’s Aston Villa suffers yet another defeat. John Fleck scored twice against Aston Villa as Sheffield United’s remarkable season continued with a win that lifts them to fifth in the Premier League table.
After an uneventful first half, Fleck finished off a sumptuous move – started by Chris Basham’s back-heel before John Lundstram’s quality delivery – to give the hosts the lead.
The Scotland midfielder doubled the lead with a composed finish following David McGoldrick’s clever hook before Villa missed a penalty awarded following a VAR check for a John Egan handball.
However, Jack Grealish’s effort cannoned off the bar as Villa sank to a 10th Premier League defeat of the season. Blades boss Chris Wilder joined his players on the pitch at the end of his side’s final home match before Christmas.
Having won back-to-back games in the top flight for the first time since 2006, Sheffield United are looking down on Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal in the table.
Relentless Blades showing no let-up
Wilder said before this game that his team still faced a battle to retain their Premier League status despite their impressive form, which has included them beating Arsenal and holding Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea.
This hard-earned win leaves them on 25 points, two games before the halfway point of the season, and just four points off a Champions League spot. They turned on the style after a drab opening 45 minutes in which neither side managed a shot on target.
Fleck doubled his tally for the season with two well-taken goals. His sweeping finish broke the deadlock after Basham’s delightful back-heel caught out Villa’s defence, while Fleck showed confidence to beat Tom Heaton and make it 2-0.
The Blades remain unbeaten on the road since 19 January, yet their home form – which includes defeats by Southampton and Newcastle – has been unpredictable. This performance, however, left home fans happy as the team recorded a first clean sheet win since 2 November.
Source – BBC New
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