Tarak Malhotra Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Sheffield United beat Bournemouth at Bramall Lane (February 9) and moved them to 5th place in the Premiership and established them as contenders for a Europa League spot.
Sheffield have proved impressive prior to this game, edging draws against the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves, as well as well-deserved away wins against the likes of Everton and Norwich.
Bournemouth, prior to the game, sat at 15th in the Premiership, just two points off the relegation zone. Sheffield, however, have been performing consistently well this season, with manager Chris Wilder having a large impact since the club were promoted to the Premiership in 2019.
Fairly early on in the game, Bournemouth found a breakthrough in striker Callum Wilson’s 13th minute goal, giving them the lead. The lead was consistently held through the remainder of the half, but Sheffield equalised on the cusp of half time through striker Billy Sharp’s 45th minute goal, his first of the 19/20 campaign.
The game was level late into the second half, until midfielder John Lundstram hit home for Sheffield, giving them the lead in the final few minutes of normal time. They held on to give Sheffield a 2-1 win after being down a goal early in the first half.
The win saw Sheffield move to 5th place in the Premier League which means that they would be guaranteed a Europa League group stage spot, given they continue this form and remain in the top five. However, Champions League football next season is very much in the picture, as they are only two points off 4th place Chelsea. If Sheffield manage to progress to 4th place it will be the first time the club could challenge for the Champions League title for the 20/21 season.