Norwich City 0-1 Sheffield United: James McAtee goal gives Blades victory at Carrow Road

James McAtee
James McAtee’s goal in the second half was the loan player from Manchester City’s sixth goal of the season.

James McAtee scored the only goal in a windswept Carrow Road as Sheffield United edged past Norwich City to earn a third win in four Championship games and move six points clear of third place.

A miserable and rainy afternoon contributed to a game with very few chances, with a touch from McAtee in the 62nd minute, after a deft move, the first attempt on goal.

But it was enough to take the Blades six points clear of Luton Town and Middlesbrough. who were beaten 4-2 by Neil Warnock’s Huddersfield Town.

FA Cup semi-finalists United came closest to leveling before the break, but Anel Ahmedhodzic’s header hit the bar, while the best Canarian chances fell to Marquinhos, who fired high in the first half and also made a save. an attempt in the 92nd minute.

The Brazilian was involved in the home team’s highlights, but they were limited and David Wagner’s play-off hopefuls suffered a second loss in a four-game winless run.

The best chances in an even first half came from corners, although neither team was able to test the goalkeepers despite a lot of effort.

Sander Berge, making his 100th start for the Blades, sent a header wide but the best chance fell to defender Ahmedhodzic whose effort bounced off the bar and Norwich managed to clear the ball.

The Canaries, who have now failed to beat Sheffield United in their last seven meetings, were the closest through Marquinhos, the Brazilian firing after Teemu Pukki finished off Gabriel Sara’s cross.

McAtee’s goal, his sixth for the Blades, came after a great approach play from Iliman Ndiaye and the visitors almost increased their lead when substitute Billy Sharp’s shot hit the post.

A long-range effort from Marquinhos in stoppage time could have saved a tie, but Wes Foderingham made the save comfortably, leaving seventh-placed Norwich four points behind bottom-place Blackburn in the play-offs.

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“Any time we can get a win at this stage of the season, we make it a little harder for everyone else, but there are still a lot of games to play.

“Strange things can happen. But we’re in the FA Cup semi-final and chasing promotion, so what’s not to enjoy?

“In the first half I felt like we couldn’t make things happen in the last third. We hit the bar and had our moments, but I felt like we didn’t control the game as much as I would have liked.”

“I felt like our best moments came after we were 1-0 up because Norwich had to come out more. We had chances on the counter-attack when they were chasing play but regardless we watched the game well.”

Norwich City boss David Wagner told BBC Radio Norfolk:

“In possession we weren’t good and we were beaten by the better side. We didn’t find solutions and offensively, individually we couldn’t bring them down, and collectively too.”

“In terms of the attitude and the fighting spirit and the willingness to try to produce something, there were no complaints. They tried everything until the last second.”

“In a very even match, they had better quality in terms of chances and that means they beat us.

“In the last two games we didn’t create a lot of clear chances and we couldn’t bring down the opponents, two good opponents to be fair. Our goal is to do better. If you have as many injury problems as we have it doesn’t make it easy.”

lineups

Norwich

Training 4-3-3

  • 28Gunn
  • 2AaronesBooked at 32 minutes
  • 5Hanley
  • 6gibson
  • 30Giannoulissubstituted forMcCallumin 84′minutes
  • 13marquinhos
  • 23McLeanReserved at 90 minutes
  • 17sara gomesBooked at 34 minutessubstituted forGibbsin 84′minutes
  • 24sergeant
  • 22pukkisubstituted forKamarain 70′minutes
  • elevenidahsubstituted fortzolisin 70′minutes

substitutes

  • 1Krul
  • 4omobamidale
  • fifteenMcCallum
  • 18tzolis
  • 19sorensen
  • 46Gibbs
  • 47Kamara

university of sheff

Training 3-4-2-1

  • 18foderingham
  • fifteenahmedhodzic
  • 12Egan
  • 19robinson
  • 2BaldockBooked at 32 minutes
  • 8bergéReserved at 50 minutessubstituted forNorwoodin 69′minutes
  • 22Doylesubstituted forBashamin 89′minutes
  • 13low
  • 28McAteesubstituted forStainin 85′minutes
  • 29ndiayeReserved at 90 minutes
  • 9McBurniesubstituted forSharpin 70′minutes

substitutes

  • 1davies
  • 4Stain
  • 6Basham
  • 10Sharp
  • sixteenNorwood
  • twentyBogle
  • 32osula

Referee:
Darren Bond

Attendance:
26,801

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