David McGoldrick said Players of Sheffield United were fighting for their future at the club. After scoring the Blades’ first victory since the departure of manager Chris Wilder last month.
McGoldrick‘s seventh goal of the season gave their head coach Paul Heckingbottom his first three points. And kept the injured visitors to Brighton looking shocked on their shoulders.
Athletes, whose revenge was confirmed by the Wolves’ defeat seven days earlier. Gave a glimmer of hope in the other three to the top three as McGoldrick punished poor Brighton.
“We play for Sheffield United, we can’t lower the equipment. And we have to make every game harder, we play our shirt and we play for our future.” the Blades striker told BBC MOTD.
“Also, we have shown that we are still in this as a team, despite being relegated.
“The pressure is on until the end of the season comes. We know there is a new manager looking elsewhere. Furthermore, we are fighting for this club and we want to be in this club.
“There will be changes and, personally, I do not want to be one of them.”
Brighton, meanwhile, is seven points adrift of Fulham in 18th and 10th place above West Bromwich Albion, on 19. With five games to go but missed a chance to almost secure their safety on Bramall Lane.
Adam Webster’s heavy touch led to a quick break for the management and Joel Veltman compounded the error by badly removing Ben Osborn’s cross. As Pascal Gross’s ricochet fell well on McGoldrick to swing and score points.
The Seagulls’ best opener came down to Neal Maupay, who was sharply denied by Aaron Ramsdale and caught with great chances. And the Jakub Moder strike was denied by the video’s assistant referee.
The VAR shows its value as the Seagulls squanders again.
While VAR was badly re-designed in Saturday’s two Premier League games at Anfield and London Stadium. There were no controversies over its distribution or accuracy in Bramall Lane.
Officials had lost track of Polish midfielder Moder returning from offside. As he returned the ball loose from the corner but the team was taken to Stockley Park.
It would not have been necessary for Brighton to change one of the many chances. They had frozen as they again failed to turn the pressure and became goals again.
Maupay was the main offender, denied one by Ramsdale in the first half. And shot over the bar within a six-yard box after the break. Even though Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s cross was only slightly behind him.
Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck, and Yves Bissouma also missed out on great opportunities. While Jose Izquierdo, who first appeared for about two years after a knee injury, was interrupted by Ramsdale later.
The Seagulls must have enough points to survive but their failure at the bottom. Brighton has failed to win any of their eight games against four-under. Leaving them in a race against all teams in the top flight.
McGoldrick hits gold again for Sheffield United.
The performance of Republican Ireland veteran striker McGoldrick has been one of the best for the Blades this season. And the 33-year-old continues to show improvement.
He has taken 26 games to open his previous airline account. But has increased his number of 2019/20 from two to seven this season, including Saturday’s strike.
McGoldrick’s patience will give impetus to £ 23.5m strike partner Rhian Brewster, who is yet to score for the Blades. But taking part in the winner by making a mistake at Gross.
The victory was largely due to, however, the post-show demonstrations from management. He recorded only the third page of this campaign’s purest campaign.
They stood firm in the face of unrelenting pressure from Brighton in the second round of just wanting to win the Premier League season. And the first weekend, with the other four all coming in mid-week.
The Blades still have a lot of pride to play for. Hoping to avoid breaking the Premier League record of 29 defeats, and United are 26.
‘Justice for their attitude’ – they say
Sheffield United interim manager Paul Heckingbottom said, “The players deserve lots of respect. We have talked before the game and about the justice and the right result for their attitude because it was a tough, tough season.
“He has got what he deserved in football and we got three points. We said the whole season was ahead in many games but we still haven’t scored. Getting the first goal was a big difference.
“We also know we are a Championship club next season. That doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy the last few games. We may be planning for next season but we are looking to get points along the way.”
Brighton manager Graham Potter, speaking to BBC Sport: “It’s a frustrating result. Performance may not have been up to standard.
“We didn’t have the quality we could have. If that happened in the Premier League it would be difficult. We had some opportunities but it was up to us to do better. It was up to us to create more.
On the seven-point security side on his side: “It’s not enough because there are so many points we’re going to play for. We have to focus on only one game at a time. Every opponent is fighting for something.”