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Second Sheffield United goal dispels apparent 'direct' football myth
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Second Sheffield United goal dispels apparent 'direct' football myth

A clip of Sheffield United scoring their second goal in their win over Burnley yesterday has delighted plenty of Blades fans.

Sheffield United goal against Burnley (Photo by Rich Linley – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Chris Wilder’s men ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against the Clarets yesterday. John Lundstram and John Fleck were the goalscorers in what was a fine team display.

On another day, United could have had more. Lundstram missed another good chance, while Billy Sharp also passed up a good opportunity. However, 3-0 was more than enough to see off a poor Burnley side.

All three United goals were well-worked team goals. In particular, the second goal from Lundstram highlighted just what a threat the Blades are, especially in wide areas.


That goal was put on display by the Blades’ official Twitter account yesterday.

What’s the story?

Ever since Sheffield United won promotion, pundits have been making seemingly ill-informed comments on their playing style. Garth Crooks called United ‘basic’, while Danny Mills has called them ‘direct’.

Garth Crooks has called United ‘basic’ (Photo by Nick Harvey/WireImage)

It’s quite fitting, then, that this goal from John Lundstram completely blows those opinions out of the water.

Excellent play out from the back and a sharp one two between Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick led to the goal. And while Stevens is ‘direct’ in getting the ball in the box early, it’s delivered with purpose.

Similarly, United’s first goal was well-made. A pinpoint ball down the line, a fine David McGoldrick cross and a smart lay-off from Lys Mousset leading to the opener.


It ultimately comes down to respect here. Respect from pundits towards a team who are more than just gritty and determined.

Sheffield United celebrate their win over Burnley (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

That respect comes from doing your due diligence. Doing your research. Looking into things in a bit more detail rather than just passing a comment for the sake of it.

There’s no problem with not everyone singing United’s praises. Football is, after all, a game of opinions.

It’s when those opinions are ill-informed and frankly, incorrect statistically, that it starts to irk the Blades fans.

Hopefully this Sheffield United goal changes a few more opinions.


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