Sheffield United’s promotion hopes faced a bit of a test this evening – at least on paper – as we travelled to Aston Villa for the Friday night action.
With Chris Wilder’s side setting their eyes squarely on the automatic promotion spots this year with our form, Villa have ambitions of their own despite more recent struggles, so the game was going to be an interesting one.
It was certainly interesting, but not so much a test.
Billy Sharp opened the scoring 11 minutes in and he was set for a great night as he added a second in minute 53 before completing his hattrick in the 62nd minute.
The home side then decided to make a game of it and inside of the final ten minutes Tyrone Mings and Tammy Abraham made it a one goal match and bizarrely four minutes into stoppage-time they stole the two points with a third to tie it up at 3-3.
What a game.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, the gaffer said of the 90 minutes.
“I never felt that was coming. I thought we looked really comfortable and the more likely side to score again. But this game is historically mad. Villa only turned up for the last eight minutes or so. And it was down to our individual errors that they got something. Dean (Henderson) made an error for the first goal and you could see them get a spring in their step. I look at the bigger picture and the way my team dominated his team. All the best players on that pitch were wearing yellow.”