Sheffield United failed to find the finishing touch more than once in a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Brighton and Hove Albion at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
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Sheffield United improves to 40 points, behind fifth-place Spurs on goal differential.
Brighton’s 10th draw of the season pulls it four points clear of the bottom three.
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Three things we learned
1. Blades fail to take advantage of Spurs stumble: If Chris Wilder‘s men fail to qualify for Europa, let alone the Champions League, they will point to results like this one. The hosts had all of the ball and gave up just one big chance, but switched off on one set piece and only collected a single point.
2. Misfiring forwards don’t help the cause: While Blades did have plenty of possession, they managed a single shot on target between starting forward Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp, as well as substitute David McGoldrick.
3. Norwood impresses in the center: Well-traveled Oliver Norwood sprayed the ball all over the pitch on Saturday. Norwood had 100 touches for the hosts while completing seven of 14 crosses and 12 of 18 long balls. Despite all the big launches, he passed at 88 percent in the center of the park.
The Blades opened the scoring in the 26th minute as Stevens smashed a clinical shot home after a clever short corner routine.
Brighton answered when Lewis Dunk flicked a free kick onto the path of Maupay for 1-1.
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Stevens would only last to halftime thanks to injury.
Mat Ryan and his defenders needed to come up big several times in the second half, including an 88th-minute scramble in the heart of his box.,Follow @NicholasMendola