'We're really hurting' - Sheffield United man on season struggles
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Norwood explains how Sheffield United players are feeling after latest defeat

Ollie Norwood says the Sheffield United players are “really hurting” because of what’s happened so far this season.

The Blades lost their 15th Premier League game from 17 played this weekend with a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

It leaves them winless at the bottom of the table with just two points. They are already 12 points from safety and have scored the fewest goals in the division.

Despite it not even being the halfway stage in the campaign yet, not many people would back United to avoid relegation from this position.

“I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Norwood said when asked by BBC Radio Sheffield how they turn things around.

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“We’re searching for answers, we’re working hard, we’re trying our best.

“It’s not like we’re throwing the towel in and we don’t care and we’re going through the motions. We’re really hurting.

“It’s up to us as a group of players who can affect it out there. We’re not going to give up, but things need to change.”

Norwood could be part of the solution for Sheffield United

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Without stating the obvious, something clearly isn’t right with the Blades at the moment.

Norwood was ever-present last term, starting all 38 league fixtures as the South Yorkshire side finished ninth in their first Premier League season in 12 years.

In 2020/21, the 29-year-old has started just six times. John Fleck and Enda Stevens are two more experienced players whose form has not just dipped, but fallen dramatically.

Yet in a squad full of young and inexperienced figures, it’s these older heads who need to step up if things are to turn around.

With Norwood, the Northern Irishman also provides something unique in midfield.

His range of passing isn’t matched by anyone else at Bramall Lane and this makes him vital in getting attack moves going quickly and catching opposition defenders out.

Too often the ball comes into the middle of the park and slows down. Norwood could be crucial in changing this, but he needs to act now.

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