Sheffield United gave their playoff hopes a boost as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. As a result, the pressure mounted on QPR head coach Mark Warburton with his side on a run of two wins from 12 games. Oliver Norwood scored the only goal of the game in the ninth minute to seal the three points for the blades.
Sheffield United’s Paul Heckingbottom: “It’s a big win and I’m pleased with lots of things I saw there. Any win when you’re playing someone around you is big, of course, it is. It gets even bigger when you’re at this business end of the season. I thought we played well and were good value for the 1-0. Probably the only criticism was that we did not create enough chances of the good play we were having. Clean sheets are important. A clean sheet guarantees you a point. We want to be strong at both ends. Every time we turned over the ball, I could see how quickly they got back. They took a big element of our attacking play away from us straight away. Credit to them because you could see they had watched us. They got bodies back behind the ball very quickly.”
QPR’s Mark Warburton: “It was a shocking goal to give away. I thought we started off poorly. In the second half, we were better, but we did not show enough. We changed the shape slightly in the second half and got more of the ball. We got out more and looked to play more. The players are frustrated and angry down there. They’re an outstanding group. They’re quality people and they’re hurting right now. All you can do is stick together and play. We know there’s more from us in terms of quality but it’s about scoring goals and taking chances.”
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