Billy Sharp did what he does best last night by netting an extra-time winner at Reading to send Sheffield United into the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The Blades skipper was introduced as a substitute by Chris Wilder. After dropping him to the bench, Wilder turned to Sharp with both David McGoldrick and Lys Mousset struggling to make an impact as the game wore on.
And sure enough, Sharp headed home from Luke Freeman’s superb clipped ball to the back post to seal United’s spot in the last eight.
However, instead of running off as normal with arms aloft, Sharp opted for a different kind of celebration this time around. A rendition of some sort of flapping bird was Sharp’s celebration of choice.
But the skipper insisted there was a reason behind his bizarre actions, as he explained following the game.
“My oldest son at the moment is playing a lot of FIFA. He’s pestering me to do the celebrations and asking ‘Dad, can you do this?'”, Sharp said. (SUFC Official)
“So, hopefully, he sees that tomorrow and it’ll make him smile!”
Sharp’s goal made it three for the season for the veteran Blades star. After coming back into the team in recent weeks, Sharp has impressed with a number of fine displays.
He went close to winning it in normal time for the Blades, too, firing a volley just over the bar after bringing the ball under his spell brilliantly.
A class act and on hand when needed
Sharp has been excellent of late and showed last night just what he brings to the table.
If Chris Wilder ever needs someone to win him a game or grab a goal, then Sharp is his man. For a player in his 30s, he looks fitter and stronger than he ever has. ]
It’s a mark of the player, really, that he is in such good condition. His celebration, on the other hand, might need a bit of work despite the good nature behind it!