Sheffield United caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom says 30 seconds on Saturday sums up the club’s season overall.
The Blades’ long awaited relegation from the Premier League was confirmed at Wolverhampton Wanderers following a 1-0 defeat.
It was the only goal of the game that Heckingbottom thinks reflects the 2020/21 campaign as a whole.
Enda Stevens had a shot blocked and Wolves went on a break which ended with Willian Jose sweeping in the winner.
“If you could sum the season up it would be in the 30 seconds that led to their goal,” Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“I felt we were in control and felt really comfortable on the side. We were building the pressure, we were building the possession.
“We were the ones pushing and created a really good opportunity. Probably less than 30 seconds later it’s in the back of our net.
“It sums up the season. There’s been a lot of moments like that in a lot of games, where we miss big chances only to be punished at the other end.
“It’s an unforgiving league.”
Is Paul Heckingbottom right about Sheffield United?
It was an all too familiar feeling for United fans when Stevens missed and then Jose scored in close succession.
This term has been littered with what if moments and several narrow defeats.
The South Yorkshire club have also suffered some rotten luck with injuries. The likes of Jack O’Connell, Sander Berge and John Egan all missing significant game time.
But as Egan – back in the side after a dislocated toe – said at full-time, the real reason the Blades have been relegated is because they’ve not been good enough.
Some things certainly have gone in their favour, but United’s downturn in form this season has been remarkable.
After finishing ninth in 2019/20 in their first top flight campaign in 12 years, they’ve now equaled the earliest relegation from the division with six matches still remaining.
Over the course of a 38-game season, failings can’t be blamed on bad luck.