Sheffield beats wasteful Brighton


Sheffield United 1-0 Brighton

Sheffield United claimed a first Premier League win since last month’s departure of manager Chris Wilder to keep wasteful Brighton looking nervously over their shoulders.

The Blades, whose own relegation was confirmed by defeat at Wolves seven days earlier, handed a glimmer of hope to the other sides in the bottom three as David McGoldrick’s winner punished poor Brighton defending.

Adam Webster’s heavy touch triggered a swift break from the hosts and Joel Veltman compounded the error with a poor clearance from Ben Osborn’s cross as a ricochet off Pascal Gross fell perfectly for McGoldrick to swivel and score.

Brighton remain seven points clear of 18th-placed Fulham and 10 above West Bromwich Albion, in 19th, with five games remaining but missed the chance to virtually seal their safety at Bramall Lane.

The Seagulls’ best openings fell to Neal Maupay, who was twice denied by Aaron Ramsdale and hooked over a great chance from close range, while a Jakub Moder strike was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.

The victory was the Blades’ first under caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom, having lost all four of their previous league games, as well as an FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea, under his stewardship.