Oli McBurnie scored his first goal in a Sheffield United shirt as they lost 2-1 to Leicester City.
After Jamie Vardy had given Leicester the lead at Bramall Lane, McBurnie came off the bench to equalise. However, a wonder goal from Harvey Barnes won it for the visitors shortly after.
Since earning promotion to the Premier League, manager Chris Wilder has stuck with the same attacking lineup. David McGoldrick and Callum Robinson have started all three games so far.
Yet neither has found the back of the net yet, with captain Billy Sharp also scoring after coming on as a substitute. Both Sharp and McBurnie impressed Wilder at the weekend on a day of few positives in his opinion.
“He’s (McBurnie) been knocking on the door. I thought the front two were on the back foot in the first half,” the United boss told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“There weren’t many positives first half, but second half with the skipper coming on and Oli coming on, we were better. We look to make changes to make you better.”
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The defeat to the Foxes was the first time this season that Wilder was publicly critical of his players. The 51-year-old had been pleased with their opening day draw at Bournemouth and victory against Crystal Palace.
“I was pretty disappointed with the level of performance, especially first half,” Wilder continued. “Second half we raised it. I thought the introduction of Oli and Billy gave us a spark.
“I don’t think we deserved anything from this game.”
That had also seen Wilder make only one change to his starting XI in three outings. Even then it was enforced, with Luke Freeman replacing the injured John Fleck on Saturday.
However, with McBurnie now off the mark and a Carabao Cup fixture against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday followed by a tricky away trip to Chelsea at the weekend, perhaps a switch upfront will occur.