John Lundstram 8, David McGoldrick 8; Jeff Hendrick 4, Ryan Fraser 3: Sheffield United v Newcastle United player ratings

Blades deservedly win first Premier League game of season against struggling Magpies

Billy Sharp's second-half penalty earned Sheffield United a long-awaited first Premier League victory of the season as they deservedly beat Newcastle United 1-0 on Tuesday.

Chris Wilder's side had failed to win any of their opening 17 matches of the season – the worst start to a Premier League campaign – but finally came good to leave the pitch with three points in the bag for the first time in six months.

Newcastle, reduced to 10 men when Ryan Fraser was sent off just before half-time, were abject and could have few complaints as their winless league run extended to six matches.

There was huge relief when the final whistle sounded seconds later and while Wilder still faces a monumental task to try to keep the club up, the mood of gloom hanging over Bramall Lane has been lifted, at least temporarily.

Victory more than doubled Sheffield United's points tally to five although they remain rock bottom and nine points behind Brighton and Hove Albion who sit one place above the drop zone.

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