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Ndiaye and Berge help Blades beat Millwall

Published on: 06 August 2022

Sander Berge scored for the first time in seven games to double the Blades' lead

Sheffield United bounced back from an opening-day defeat with a comfortable win over Millwall at Bramall Lane.

After struggling to create chances in defeat at Watford, Iliman Ndiaye gave the Blades an early lead, planting a firm right-footed shot into the corner of the net.

And midway through the first half it was 2-0 when John Fleck seized on Charlie Cresswell's poor miscue and squared to Sander Berge who rounded goalkeeper Bart Bialkowski and slotted in.

Bialkowski prevented further damage by saving Oliver Norwood's first-half penalty kick after Jake Cooper had tripped Rhian Brewster.

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Having failed to find the target and struggled to carve out chances in defeat at Watford, the Blades had Manchester City loanee James McAtee on the bench and were 2-0 up and cruising by the midway stage of the first half.

Lions defender Cresswell, on loan from Leeds, had been the two-goal hero of an encouraging 2-0 opening-day win, but discovered how quickly fortunes can change with a glaring mistake for the Blades' second goal.

The visitors' generous defending continued when Jamie Shackleton's careless cross-field pass gave Brewster a run on goal forcing Cooper to concede a spot-kick.

His blushes were spared by a diving penalty save from Bialkowski who had earlier done well to block a close-range strike from debutant defender Anel Ahmedhodzic.

The Lions were knocked out of the EFL Cup at League One side Cambridge in midweek and huffed and puffed for a way back after the break.

However, they were unable to seriously test home keeper Wes Foderingham, Ged Wallace firing their best chance wide.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsSheff Utd

Formation 3-4-2-1

18Foderingham15Ahmedhodzic12Egan26Clark2Baldock16Norwood4Fleck33Norrington-Davies8Berge29Ndiaye7Brewster

    18FoderinghamBooked at 90mins15Ahmedhodzic12Egan26ClarkBooked at 82mins2Baldock16Norwood4FleckSubstituted forOsbornat 72'minutes33Norrington-DaviesBooked at 90mins8Berge29NdiayeSubstituted forJebbisonat 67'minutes7BrewsterSubstituted forSharpat 67'minutes

Substitutes

    10Sharp11Khadra13Lowe23Osborn28McAtee36Jebbison37Amissah

Millwall

Formation 3-4-1-2

33Bialkowski15Cresswell5Cooper3M Wallace2McNamara8Mitchell16Shackleton11Malone23Saville20Bennett7Afobe

    33Bialkowski15Cresswell5Cooper3M Wallace2McNamaraBooked at 90mins8Mitchell16Shackleton11Malone23SavilleSubstituted forBureyat 81'minutes20BennettBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOlaofeat 80'minutes7Afobe

Substitutes

    1Long4Hutchinson6Evans14Burey25Olaofe35Muller40Topalloj

Referee:David CooteAttendance:27,738Match StatsHome TeamSheff UtdAway TeamMillwallPossessionHome53%Away47%ShotsHome19Away11Shots on TargetHome6Away1CornersHome3Away5FoulsHome12Away10Live TextPost update

Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Millwall 0.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Millwall 0.

90'+6'Post update

Attempt missed. Murray Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high following a set piece situation.

90'+6'Post update

Foul by Anel Ahmedhodzic (Sheffield United).

90'+6'Post update

Isaac Olaofe (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+4'Booking

Wes Foderingham (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

90'+3'Booking

Dan McNamara (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

90'+3'Booking

Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

90'+2'Post update

Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United).

90'+2'Post update

(Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+2'Post update

Attempt blocked. Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

90'Post update

Hand ball by Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United).

89'Post update

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89'Post update

Foul by Charlie Cresswell (Millwall).

87'Post update

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

86'Post update

Attempt blocked. Tyler Burey (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Mitchell.

85'Post update

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Baldock.

84'Post update

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Billy Sharp with a cross.

82'Booking

Ciaran Clark (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82'Post update

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Sheffield United).

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Source: bbc.com

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