Sheffield United earned local bragging rights as they beat Barnsley 1-0 at home in a feisty affair. Billy Sharp’s first-half goal, his 20th in his last 29 games was the deciding factor in this one.
The Blades could have won by more but couldn’t convert the extra chances they created. They haven’t lost a home game since Scunthorpe United beat them back in League One in February.
Meanwhile Barnsley’s less than impressive start continues, however good news came earlier in the week as they have fought off Huddersfield Town to keep the services of full back Andy Yiadom.
Both sides ended the game at Bramall Lane with 10 men as Leon Clarke (Sheff U) and Angus MacDonald (Barnsley) were sent off after an ugly disagreement.
The Tykes struggled to show any attacking intent and the defeat means they have now lost three games out of their first four league fixtures.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said after the game that while he was pleased with his team’s display he wanted to see the game be put to bed earlier.
Wilder said: “We played well today, we needed to be a little bit more positive in the final third after the last two games. We needed to be better in the final third today and I thought we did that. We are a little bit disappointed we have not put the game to bed.
“The slight criticism of my team is that we didn’t put them to bed, I thought we played some really good stuff. We are used to winning and whatever it takes to win a game of football we need to do. The attitude is without doubt unquestionable and the enthusiasm to go and get a result for this football club is great. It was important today to get back to winning ways.”
Meanwhile Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom was disappointed with his team’s display, saying they were naive in a derby day situation.
Heckingbottom commented: “It was disappointing. Compared to the last two performances it was chalk and cheese. The players know that, we started on the back foot and it was a game too far for us.
“It was a first derby for a lot of them, the first time we played three times in a week, I need to learn about these players, there wasn’t many who came out with positives today. That’s how every game is for us. It’s no different to the last game when we won, I am always learning. That’s what happens when you take players from the lower leagues.”