Swansea 0-1 Sheffield United: Reda Khadra earns a late win for the Blades | football news

Sheffield United consolidated their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Swansea.

Substitute Reda Khadra scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time, his first goal for the Blades, after being made by Rhian Brewster, the former Swansea player on loan.

Swansea was clearly unhappy that the goal let him stand, thinking Brewster had knocked Kyle Naughton to the ground in preparation for the goal.

Coach Russell Martin, after seeing Swansea concede in the 90th minute or so for the fifth time this season, walked onto the field at the final whistle and appeared to be speaking to the referees.

The Blades now have a four-point lead over Norwich, who has a game in hand, after protecting an unbeaten streak that extends into the season’s opening weekend.

Both teams played their part in a fun game, but the lack of clinical excellence was often very evident.

Republic of Ireland striker Michael Obafemi again disappeared from the Swansea squad after his move to Burnley failed at the deadline.

Sheffield United started with confidence befitting a league leader and should have been ahead within two minutes.

A Sander Berg cross found Reese Norrington-Davis unmarked at the far post but Wales’ international headed straight to Stephen Penda into the net.

Blades broke through Swansea at times and Olly McBurney nearly made his way back to his old land by breaking the deadlock.

McBurney met George Baldock’s cross from the right with conviction, but he was unable to keep the ball.

Swansea also carried a threat on goal with Joel Perrault’s protégé.

Piroe was at the end of a superb passing move involving Matt Grimes, Olly Cooper and Jay Fulton, showing a quick footprint to find space but was unable to beat Wes Foderingham with a sober finish.

The Dutchman soon spotted the Blades defenders dozing off, racing on Matty Sorinola’s quick throw and cutting the ball off the sideline.

Ryan Manning seemed certain to open the scoring but the Irishman was blocked by Baldock’s superb ball, the winger celebrated as if he scored.

Swansea came close again when Ben Kabango saw his header from Joe Allen’s corner kick off Oliver Norwood.

The tempo remained high after the break, but amazing chances went to the goalkeepers begging without any problems.

Piroe failed to find the target after subtly dodging his mark on a Kabango pass, and Berg’s unmarked header from eight yards at the other end.

Foderingham’s error gave Cooper a clear view of the goal, but the young midfielder chose to win the ball for Peru rather than take the shot and the opportunity was missed.

Brewster headed a wide header before delivering the clear pass to Khadra, the loaned German striker to secure the Blades’ first win at Swansea in 64 years.

What did the managers say…

Swansea Russell Martin: “I trust Kyle. He clipped his heels. Boy didn’t mean it, but Kyle went through it. It’s wrong. It’s the easiest decision the referee has to make all night. It’s in the 94th minute, the guy runs back towards his goal, clips his heels, just He takes a free kick, it’s not really that difficult.

“But he didn’t give it up. We still have to deal with the ramifications of that. We didn’t and everyone feels very differently about the performance than they did 30 seconds ago.”

Sheffield United Paul Hickingbottom: “You have to make the most of them when you win a game like this, we’re going to enjoy it. I’m happy for Reza and Ryan, they did all the work and know their roles when they come for Oli and Iliman. Sometimes it’s great (substitutions) for you.”

“It worked out superbly with Ryan against centre-back Kyle (Naughton), and it broke the innermost midfielder’s satisfaction because you’re not going to catch him. Ryan played a few games early in the season. Satisfa played one. He’s made an impact in the others, he’s catching up. And it adapts to the way we want to play. The moment our options are limited on the bench. We have a young bench, but we’ll keep pressing and waiting for that jockeys to arrive. We have to have that consistency because, the moment we don’t, we’re going to be defeated.” .