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Why Sheffield United duo Robinson and Henderson had great second half at Chelsea

Callum Robinson and Dean Henderson were brilliant for Sheffield United in the second half at Chelsea.

It may be a cliche, but it really was a game of two halves at Stamford Bridge. The first was dominated by the hosts as defensive errors allowed Tammy Abraham to score twice.

The second from Abraham was one that Henderson probably should have saved. Meanwhile, at the other end Chris Wilder’s men were struggling to make much impact.

Yet straight after the break United struck back. Within a minute of the restart Robinson had scored for the visitors. Henderson then made a brilliant save to deny Abraham his hat-trick, before a late own goal from Kurt Zouma earned the Blades a point.

“The timing of Callum’s goal from our point-of-view was great,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield.

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“Callum and Dean, I let them have it a little bit at half-time because Callum should score and Dean should do better.

“Knowing what the character of those boys is like, Callum scores after a minute and Dean makes an unbelievable save to keep us in the game.

“Dean was the first one I went up to afterwards. I was delighted for him.”

Why Robinson and Henderson typify Sheffield United

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At 2-0 down in west London, many newly promoted sides would have collapsed. This is admittedly a Blues team still finding their feet themselves under new manager Frank Lampard.

They are level on five points with United and have already conceded eight goals in their first four league matches. Going forwards they look exciting, but defensively there are issues.

Yet the Blades still had to react and react they did. Whatever Wilder said to Robinson at the break it clearly worked, with the attacker showing great awareness to get into the right position to convert Enda Stevens’ cross.

As for Henderson, his low save and strong hand to deny Abraham kept his adopted team in it and allowed them to go on and snatch a point.

It is this character and desire to improve that will serve United well this season.

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