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 Post subject: Match Reports: Sheff Utd. v Sunderland Boxing Day 15:00
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Darron Gibson has made 16 appearances for Sunderland this season


Sheffield United will again be without midfielder John Fleck, who serves the final game of a three-match ban.

David Brooks has been suffering with tonsillitis and will be assessed, but Kieron Freeman (knee) and Ched Evans (ankle) remain on the sidelines.

Sunderland will check on Darron Gibson, who went off with a groin injury in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham.

Didier Ndong or Lee Cattermole could step in if Gibson is ruled out, while Brian Oviedo is hoping for a start.
Match facts

  • This is the first league meeting between Sheffield United and Sunderland at Bramall Lane since September 2004 - the Blades won 1-0 with a goal from Paul Shaw.
  • The Blades haven't managed a league double over the Black Cats since the 1986/87 campaign, but won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light earlier this campaign.
  • Billy Sharp has had a hand in six goals in his past seven Football League starts on Boxing Day (five goals, one assist) - he's scored braces in two of his last three appearances (Boxing Day 2012 v Leeds and Boxing Day 2016 v Oldham).
  • Sunderland have lost each of their past three league games held on Boxing Day, shipping 10 goals in the process.


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/december/coleman-preview-sheffield-united



Chris Coleman will be doing everything he can to keep his players in peak condition over the festive period
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With three matches in seven days, Sunderland head to Sheffield United on Boxing Day for the first of two away matches before returning to Wearside on New Year’s Day for a home match against Barnsley.

Having kept back-to-back clean sheets on the road in recent weeks, Coleman’s Black Cats stretched their unbeaten run to three games on Saturday when they secured a point against Birmingham City.

But with little time to dwell on Sunderland’s last performance at the Stadium of Light in 2017, Coleman has insisted his players must continue to give everything to the cause and ensure the Blues point becomes a positive one with Sheffield United up next.

“We have to remain positive, results are going to go with us and against us until the end of the season,” he said.

“We have got such a busy period and we are so stretched in terms of numbers.

“With 20 minutes to go Darron Gibson, who has been playing really well for us, has got a long-term groin problem that we need to make sure we stay on top of.

“He has had a tough week, so we don’t want to risk him because we have got such a busy period coming up.

“We are still without Paddy McNair and Lee Cattermole is out for a month so holding midfield players at this club are scarce.

“It is good to see Didier (Ndong) coming back but we can’t risk him playing any longer than what he did,” he continued.

“But it is such a busy period, we need to make sure we look after everyone because there are lots of points available in this festive period.

“It was an ugly performance against Birmingham, but we got something. We got something, rather than nothing.

“It is something to hold onto, something to build on.

“We have got to look at what we have got, it was a great effort last week, we didn’t capitalise on it against Birmingham as we wanted to, but we have got to make sure we have a recount to make sure we are ready for the trip to Sheffield.”


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/december/match-preview-sheffield-united-v-sunderland

Match preview:
Sheffield United v Sunderland


Sunderland will be aiming to deliver a festive treat on Boxing Day when they continue their Sky Bet Championship campaign at Bramall Lane…


ON A ROLL

Chris Coleman reflected on Saturday’s draw against Birmingham as ‘not the performance we’d hoped for’. A fair and honest take on the match which saw us fail to capitalise on our victory over Fulham the week before to the full. That said, it was a point. It was another point that kept our unbeaten run going to three matches and with just one defeat in our last five matches, plus with three clean sheets in that time also, Coleman has got the Black Cats galvanised going into a cracker of a festive period. Next stop, Bramall Lane…

THE BLADES

Sheffield United welcome Sunderland to Bramall Lane on Boxing Day looking to do the league double over the Black Cats for the first time since the 1986/87 campaign. However, the Blades are without a win in their previous six matches, having collected just two points from a possible 18. That has seen them slide out of the play-off spots, with their last home win – a 4-1 victory over Hull City – coming on November 4.

THE HISTORY BOOKS


It was a day to forget for Sunderland earlier in the season when they welcomed Sheffield United to the Stadium of Light. Chris Wilder’s capitalised on the Black Cats’ woes on home soil and secured a 2-1 victory while they were in top form as they won four league matches on the bounce. However, the Blades fortunes against the Black Cats has been mixed in years gone by, with the lads winning four of the last six. Sunderland’s last win at Bramall Lane came in October 2003 when Kevin Kyle scored the game’s only goal on 68 minutes. Let’s hope for some Christmas cheer this time round also!

TEAM NEWS

Coleman will have to make a decision on Darron Gibson, who went off with a long-term groin injury on Saturday against Birmingham City. With Lee Cattermole expected to be out for up to a month and Paddy McNair also on the treatment table, the Welshman has admitted he doesn’t have much to chose from when selecting his central midfielders.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, will be without John Fleck, who serves the final game of a three-match ban. David Brooks might be contention after suffering from tonsillitis while Kieron Freeman and Ched Evans remain sidelined.

AWAY DAY SELL OUT

Sunderland’s fans have snapped up all the allocated tickets for both festive away days. The Black Cats will be backed by over 2,200 supporters for the match at Bramall Lane, as Coleman’s side look to extend their unbeaten run on the road to three matches. Coleman’s Sunderland have kept back-to-back clean sheets on the road, with their latest seeing them shut out the Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ha’way the Lads!

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https://www.safc.com/news/opinion/2017/december/media-mash-up-v-sheffield-united

Media Mash-up:
Pundits preview Sheffield United away


Media mash-up returns as Paul Fraser, Nick Barnes and Richard Mennear pen their pre-match thoughts ahead of Sunderland’s Boxing Day trip to Bramall Lane.

The trio share their thoughts on the Sky Bet Championship clash, pinpoint the areas in which the game will be won and lost – and much more…

Paul Fraser (@paulfraserecho) – The Northern Echo


When Sheffield United travelled to Wearside on September 9 and left with three points, that was the time when concerns really started to grow. A positive start to the campaign had come to an end with successive defeats to Leeds and Barnsley, but a home loss to the Championship new-boys damaged confidence and morale. Simon Grayson never recovered. From the ten matches after Chris Wilder's team won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light, Grayson didn't win another game and lost his job. Sunderland are in a different place now. Since Chris Coleman has taken over there has been a more positive outlook and belief is running through the team again. For that to continue Sunderland need to keep delivering the results - and by leaving Bramall Lane with three points would be another ideal boost to head into the New Year's fixtures with. And you wouldn't put it past them.

Nick Barnes (@Tweed_Barnesy) – BBC Radio Newcastle

A mid-season wobble has seen Sheffield United slip off the pace in recent weeks and now they have Leeds, Ipswich and Preston breathing down their necks. Nonetheless Bramall Lane won’t be an easy plae to visit on Boxing Day. The atmosphere is sure to be hot and it’ll take steel to take three points off Chris Wilder’s team. Sunderland have though shown they do now have a backbone and when the two sides met at the Stadium of Light they were undone by two goals from Clayton Donaldson, the Jamaican international making his United debut having signed on deadline day from Birmingham City for £50,000. The game was marked by Sunderland’s lack of penetration in the match but now Joel Asoro and Josh Maja are giving Chris Coleman more attacking options and they showed away at Wolves they can defend too. Sunderland’s last visit to Bramall Lane was in September 2004 when United’s Andy Gray and Sunderland’s Gary Breen were both sent off and a Paul Shaw goal gave Sheffield United a 1-0 win. Since then the two club’s paths have veered dramatically in different directions with United spending a number of years in League One. Now with Sunderland turning a corner and United faltering I wonder what the odds are for a draw?

Richard Mennear (@RichMennearJP) – Sunderland Echo

Boxing Day sees Sunderland make the trip to face Sheffield United. The Blades started the season on fire but have lost their last three games, losing four out of their last five. Bramall Lane is always a difficult place to go to and Boxing Day will be no different, but Sunderland will take hope from United's recent poor run. A huge week ahead with four games in the space of 10 days. Happy Christmas to all Sunderland fans.


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Well that went well.

What on earth is wrong with our defenders?


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Sheffield United picked up their first win in seven games with a comfortable victory over struggling Sunderland.

The Blades took a deserved lead when John Lundstram showed good composure to guide the ball home.

Richard Stearman doubled their advantage with a header from Mark Duffy's free-kick after the break before George Baldock headed a third.

Defeat leaves Chris Coleman's side 22nd in the Championship, one point adrift of safety.

Victory for Chris Wilder's men saw them move back into the play-off positions.

The Blades were on top throughout and should have taken an early lead when Clayton Donaldson placed his shot wide after being played in on goal.

Once Lundstram gave the hosts the lead they were in total control and could have won by more had Leon Clarke and Enda Stevens not got in each other's way in front of goal late on.

They travel to lowly Bolton on Saturday, while the Black Cats, who were missing top scorer Lewis Grabban with a calf injury, face a trip to Nottingham Forest.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:


"I've put them under a bit of pressure recently and we have slipped our standards but I thought that the performance at Villa Park, coming back from 2-0 down, spoke volumes about what they are about really.

"I thought the players' performance at Villa Park was absolutely outstanding - their attitude and the courage to get themselves off the canvas to get a big result.

"I believe it was a big result, not the biggest point in Sheffield United's history, but I thought it was a big step forward and it was important we carried it on.

"And we did and we got a little bit of the old swagger back that has seen us produce those type of performances in the first half of the season."

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman:

"It is a bitterly disappointing performance. As soon as we went 1-0 down we just accepted a low-level performance from each other.

"It is the first time I have seen from them - when you are in that position it's not anger, it's apathy which is very, very dangerous. So it was a lot of food for thought looking at it.

"Seven games and four weeks I've been here and I have never seen that performance. We haven't won every game but we've been in games but we were never in that game, not really.

"We were up against a Sheffield United team (that were) stronger, quicker and looked hungrier, fitter. Unless we get better or show better than that we aren't going to get away from where we are."

Teams

Sheff Utd

1 Moore
16 Carter-Vickers
19 Stearman
5 O'Connell
2 Baldock
6 Basham Booked at 77mins
7 Lundstram
3 Stevens
21 Duffy Substituted for Carruthers at 75'minutes
9 Clarke Substituted for Lavery at 84'minutes
11 Donaldson Substituted for Lafferty at 89'minutes

Substitutes

8 Thomas
10 Sharp
13 Wright
22 Lavery
24 Lafferty
27 Blackman
44 Carruthers

Sunderland

25 Ruiter
18 Browning
16 O'Shea
36 Wilson Booked at 50 mins
21 Matthews
27 Gooch Substituted for Asoro at 67'minutes
24 Gibson
26 Honeyman Substituted for McManaman at 79'minutes
3 Oviedo Booked at 58mins
19 McGeady
9 Vaughan Substituted for Maja at 79'minutes

Substitutes

1 Steele
2 Jones
13 McManaman
20 Maja
22 Love
29 Asoro
40 Embleton

Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
30,668


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Hakuna Matata wrote:
Well that went well.

What on earth is wrong with our defenders?



Exactly what I was going to post - or perhaps I did :shock: :shock: ;)



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Sheep farmer wrote:
Hakuna Matata wrote:
Well that went well.

What on earth is wrong with our defenders?



Exactly what I was going to post - or perhaps I did :shock: :shock: ;)


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