Sheffield United finally got their first win of the season as they saw off Newcastle United 1-0 at Bramall Lane.
Billy Sharp’s second half penalty was enough for the Blades, who deserved the win overall and had Newcastle down to ten men before the break.
There was a zip and verve about United again, akin to that of last season at times and they really did do everything but score until the penalty.
A number of Blades put in fine performances, too, with some players who have often underwhelmed at times this term coming out fighting.
One such player was Ethan Ampadu. The Chelsea loanee slotting in at left centre-back and putting in his best performance of the season so far.
His display was lauded on social media too, as a number of Blades supporters took time out to sing the praises of Ampadu after what has been a difficult period for him this year.
Here, then, is what the Sheffield United fans had to say on Twitter about Ampadu’s efforts against the Magpies.
I’ve slated him a lot this season but Ethan ampadu👏🏽👏🏽 what a performance from him absolutely class best I’ve seen him in a sheff united shirt
— Joe. SUFC. (@sufcJoe_9) January 12, 2021
A deserved victory for the Blades. The 100th goal for United by Billy Sharp. Ampadu my man of the match, with McGoldrick pushing him for it.
— John Blade Critchley (@johnlcritchley) January 12, 2021
Ampadu was awesome today, had absolute command in defense and played a couple of long balls and crosses that should’ve led to goals
— SΔM 🏴 (@TwmbarlwmSam) January 12, 2021
Ampadu’s deserves some credit tonight . The closest thing to an oconnell performance tonight 👏#sufc
— Tom wild (@tomwild547) January 12, 2021
Ramsdale – I’m not sure i like his new Grobelaar style, but I’m delighted for him to finally get a clean sheet.
Egan – very good. Controlled the back line very well.
Ampadu – best game he’s had in a united shirt. More of the same please.
— Pickards Tours (@PickardsTours) January 12, 2021
Been so critical of Ampadu in recent weeks. Made me look a fool tonight, had a blinder 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Lundstram one of the first names on the team sheet for me. ALWAYS looking for the ball and positive with it.
Horrible last 15 to watch but enjoyed the rest. This is a strange feeling pic.twitter.com/FggxypBgIO
— Jake 🔴⚔️⚪️ (@BellersTheBlade) January 12, 2021
Fair play to Ethan ampadu tonight. Gave him stick recently. But a rock at the back tonight and brought the ball out so well
— Chopper⚔️ (@charlie51796502) January 12, 2021