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90' + 3'
E. Stevens
Yellow Card
D. Ings
Penalty Goal
3 - 1
C. Adams
2 - 1
C. Adams
W. Smallbone
1 - 1
J. Lundstram
B. Sharp
0 - 1

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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 3
Total Passes 684 260
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That is all from me as the season comes to a close at St.Mary's Stadium. See you next time!
As the season finishes, Wilder and United will look back on their debut campaign with fond memories as they defied all pre-season odds to finish ninth. Nevertheless, there will also be a level of frustration that they couldn't replicate their remarkable form after the restart. For Southampton, they have done the opposite to their opponents; poor form before the restart has been corrected post-lockdown as the Saints finish in 11th place and remain unbeaten in seven.
The Saints end the season with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Wilder's Blades. It wasn't as simple as the scoreline suggests, with Lundstram giving the visitors an early lead with a cool right-footed finish. However, Hassenhuttl's side bounced back through Adams' brace, before Ings deservedly sealed the three points with a goal from the penalty spot, to grab his 22nd goal of the season.
E. Stevens
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Stevens is given the first yellow card of the game as he trips Walker-Peters from behind.
90' + 1' There will be four minutes of added time here. United are attempting to get in the faces of the hosts, but Southampton play out well and Redmond has possession on the halfway line.
M. Obafemi
Oriol Romeu
90' Romeu is subbed off for Obafemi as the game - and season - nears its finale.
88' Romeu slides in through the back of Fleck and is lucky to escape a booking. The Blades have a free-kick from 25 yards out but nothing comes of it.
88' Consecutive corners are headed away by United and the third one is claimed by Henderson, who towers above his defenders and looks to release a long ball to start a counter-attack.
87' Hassenhuttl has to be given a lot of credit for Saints' post-lockdown form. It is almost impossible to consider that this is the same side that shipped nine goals against Leicester earlier in the season.
86' That is Ings' 22nd league goal this season; only Matt Le Tissier (25 in 1993-94) and James Beattie (23 in 2002-03) have ever scored more in a Premier League season for Southampton.
S. Long
C. Adams
85' Long replaces Adams, who has grabbed a wonderful brace in this game.
D. Ings
Penalty Goal
84' GOAL! 3-1 SOUTHAMPTON! Ings, who won the penalty, calmly steps up and places the ball in to the top left corner with his right foot. Henderson dives the right way but can't even get a hand to it.
83' PENALTY TO SOUTHAMPTON! Ings attempts to dance round two on the edge of the area before sliding in Redmond, whose shot is saved by the feet of Henderson. Bankes decides to go back to Norwood's initial challenge on Ings and deems it to be a penalty! VAR has a quick check and confirms Bankes' decision.
81' It seems like the Blades have been screaming out for Norwood, who has just been introduced. They have struggled to retain possession against the high press of Southampton and Norwood could have, perhaps, been that calming influence in midfield.
O. Norwood
C. Basham
80' Norwood comes on for centre-back Basham as Wilder chases an equaliser.
79' Smallbone has made a real difference since coming on, he continues to find pockets of space in between United's lines and be a general nuisance out of possession - he looks a real talent.
77' Ings is a little bit too keen in his chase of a lost ball and fouls Egan in United's area, before Henderson sends a free-kick high towards the head of Clarke.
76' The hosts still look the most likely to grab the next goal and kill the game off, after Smallbone is fouled in the middle of the pitch. Ward-Prowse sends the resulting free-kick towards the penalty spot and Saints will have another corner on the left.
74' Adams now has as many Premier League goals today (2) as his first 29 appearances in the competition.
73' Coming in to this game, all the talk was about whether Ings would be successful in his pursuit of the golden boot. However, it is his strike partner Adams, who will have to take all the plaudits after his two instinctive finishes from close range.
C. Adams
71' GOAL!! 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON! Adams grabs a second as he guides the ball in to the bottom right corner with Henderson diving the opposite way. Once again, the goal comes from nothing as the ball ricochets off of Egan's midriff before falling to the feet of the Saints striker, who coolly slots away with his right foot.
L. Clarke
B. Sharp
70' Clarke is Wilder's next change as the striker comes on to replace captain Sharp.
68' Southampton have only come from behind to win one of their 13 previous Premier League games that they have been trailing at half-time this season before today (D3 L9), beating Watford 2-1 in November.
68' For the last time this season, the players jog off the pitch for a quick drinks break.
66' Southampton hunt in packs, this time it is Ings and Redmond who force the mistake from Lundstram and the hosts have a throw-in high up the pitch for their efforts.
64' Ward-Prowse is waiting to whip in a free-kick wide on the right while VAR has a quick check on whether McCarthy earlier handled the ball outside of his area. The decision is to play on but that is the second time in 10 minutes that McCarthy's lapses in concentration have nearly costed the Saints.
63' CHANCE! What a tackle from Robinson to deny Adams from 12 yards out. Ings dummied the initial header from Ward-Prowse and the ball falls to Adams' feet on the volley from the penalty spot. The striker is just about to pull the trigger before a heroic block from Robinson averts the danger around the post for a corner. That should have been 2-1.
61' Romeu is covering so much ground, after his tackle in his own area, at the other end the Spaniard steals back possession from Fleck and rolls it out to Redmond. The winger dances around Baldock but his left-footed cross is straight in to the grateful hands of Henderson.
60' CHANCE! Out of nowhere Saints gift possession to Sharp, who looks to round the goalkeeper before a superb sliding tackle from Romeu stops the striker's progress and removes the danger. That lapse in concentration nearly saw the Blades handed a goal after McCarthy's sloppy pass out from the back.
58' After such a positive first half, Wilder's men are struggling to escape their own half in this second 45 as Hassenhuttl's side continue to work possession with real intent and press in numbers high up the pitch.
57' WIDE! Southampton are shifting the ball about with real purpose now. Stephens finds Redmond and the Saints proceed with wonderful football, eventually reaching Smallbone on the edge of the area. The youngster runs on to a short pass and curls just wide of Henderson's goal with a left-footed attempt from 25 yards out.
55' Having only scored in one of his first 28 appearances in the competition for Southampton before this, Adams has now scored in back-to-back Premier League games.
54' Southampton look to rub salt in to United's wounds as they search for a second, Ward-Prowse's corner nearly sets up Stephens but the Blades defend resolutely and clear their lines up the pitch.
R. Zivkovic
O. McBurnie
51' McBurnie is swapped out for Zivkovic up front.
W. Smallbone
50' Smallbone is credited with the assist as Berge's tackle deflects off of the winger and releases Adams in on goal.
C. Adams
50' GOAL!!! 1-1! The ball flies about in midfield before Berge slide tackles Smallbone, however, the Norwegian’s tackle releases Adams in to the area and he slots a right-footed finish past Henderson's near post.
50' There has been very little in the way of fouls or confrontation so far, which is surprising considering there has been a red card in each of the last five meetings in all competitions (3 for Southampton, 2 for Sheffield United).
48' Stevens attempts to fire a volleyed cross in to the Saints area and Stephens stands firm to clear the chance, with Sharp ready to pounce behind him.
47' Adams is brought down twice near the United area early on, both times referee Bankes shakes his head and instructs Southampton's forward to get back on his feet.
46' Both teams are back out, referee Bankes sounds his whistle and we are back underway for the final 45 minutes of the season!
This game doesn't have the feel of an end of season game that has very little importance. Both sides are moving the ball about with purpose, with Wilder's men especially keen to sit back and hurt the hosts on the counter. If Southampton are to get anything from this game, they need to find a way to get Ings and Adams involved up front, while managing the danger of McBurnie and Sharp at the opposite end.
The Blades lead at the break, thanks to Lundstram's cool finish past McCarthy from inside the area, after Vestergaard and Bertrand had failed to deal with Steven's cross. The visitors could have had one or two more if it wasn't for the fine form of Saints' goalkeeper, with Sharp and Lundstram both going close. Hassenhuttl's men have enjoyed a lot of possession, yet they have failed to create any real chance worthy of a mention.
45' + 3' Redmond and Bertrand exchange passes and make it in to United's area, with the full-back sending in a left-footed cross that is cleared away for another Saints corner, which Ward-Prowse will take.
45' + 2' Bertrand chests down Henderson's goal-kick and is then bundled over by Lundstram near the left-hand touchline. The full-back looks to play quickly but won't be able to as Bankes suggests the ball was moving and orders a retake of the free-kick.
45' + 1' Another torrid time at home for Hassenhuttl's men? The Saints have won just 18 of their 49 Premier League points in home games this season (37%). Only Crystal Palace have won a lower share of their points in a single campaign in the competition at home (33% in 1997-98, 11/33).
45' There will be three minutes of added time in the first half here at St. Mary's where United lead 1-0.
44' Basham lunges in with a slide tackle as Redmond glides past him on the left wing, the winger's cross then finds Ward-Prowse on the edge of the area but his shot is blocked by the hard-working Fleck.
42' Ings and Ward-Prowse link up well and the former manages to win a corner on the left-hand side off of Baldock. Ward-Prowse whips in a delightful cross, only to be met by a crowd of United's luminous away shirts.
41' The hosts are really struggling to make their passes stick, they continue to commit a lot of bodies forward in search of an equaliser yet that is only opening up more gaps for Sharp and McBurnie to exploit on the break up front.
39' Sharp is fouled just past the halfway line and looks to play quick. Redmond steps in front of the free-kick and that means that the Blades opt to slow things down and retain possession.
37' A fantastic solo run sees Redmond shimmy past Lundstram on the byline, the winger then slams a left-footed cross across the six-yard box, which ricochets around before a United shirt manages to clear long for Sharp to chase.
36' Baldock overruns a pass to him wide on the right and then kicks the ball further away after it had gone out. Arguably, he should have been booked for that but neither Bankes nor Southampton seemed to kick up too much of a fuss about it.
34' Saints nearly counter straight from McCarthy's save but Redmond manages to get in the way of Ings' shot and deflect the chance away for a goal-kick.
33' SUPER SAVE! Lundstram volleys from inside the penalty area and McCarthy does well to dive to his left and tip the thunderous striker away from goal. The chance had initially come on the counter-attack as McBurnie and Sharp combined well, with the latter playing the chipped pass for Lundstram to volley on the edge of the area.
32' That opener for United had been coming, both McBurnie and Sharp had already wasted earlier chances before Lundstram netted - the warning signs had already been there for Hassenhuttl's men.
W. Smallbone
S. Armstrong
30' Armstrong, who suffered an injury earlier in the half, cannot carry on and is replaced by Smallbone.
28' That is Lundstram's first away goal in the Premier League, and his first on the road in all league competition for Sheffield United since September 2017 against Nottingham Forest in the Championship.
B. Sharp
26' Sharp claims the assist as he gets the tiniest of touches on the cross, which then snuck through Vestergaard's open legs in the area.
J. Lundstram
26' GOALLLL!! 1-0 to the Blades as Lundstram slams home from inside the penalty area! Stevens swings in a left-footed cross from the touchline which Vestergaard and Bertrand fail to deal with. The cross then bounces through more bodies and falls kindly for Lundstram to smash in to the bottom right corner past McCarthy.
25' It has been a positive start for the Blades. You would not think that Wilder’s men have lost three of their five Premier League away games since the restart (D2), more than they had in their 13 games on the road before the break (W4 D7 L2). Between August and March, the Blades were averaging 1.5 points-per-game away from home, compared to just 0.4 on the road since the restart.
24' Ings and Romeu attempt to combine not once but twice on the edge of United's area. Their persistence nearly pays off with Romeu volleying from close range until Basham steps in and blocks, followed by a hoofed clearance over the halfway line.
23' Play is back underway as Bankes drops possession at the feet of Vestergaard and Southampton look to build from the back.
21' The physios are on as Armstrong requires treatment and is then fine to carry on. The referee takes the stoppage as an opportunity for a drinks break as well.
20' Romeu looks to play over United's defence with a chipped pass to the pacy Adams, but even he will not have enough pace to catch that one as Henderson comes out and sweeps up any potential danger.
18' Loanee Henderson has kept 13 clean sheets in the Premier League this season – only Bobby Mimms (19) and David Seaman (15) in 1992-93 have kept more in their debut campaign in the competition among English goalkeepers.
16' Lundstram sells Bertrand with a dummy, cutting inside on to his left foot and getting his head up before opting to play backwards to Egan, who launces the ball long and out of play.
15' At the other end, Baldock and Berge allow Redmond too much space and the winger cuts inside from the left but his shot is tame and straight in to the hands of Henderson.
14' CHANCE! Lundstram's long pass down the line sees Sharp race away from Stephens and in to the Saints area. United's captain is then caught in two minds as McCarthy comes out to pressure him, when Sharp eventually resorts to shooting from eight yards out, he cannot slide the ball under the goalkeeper as McCarthy manages to save with his legs.
12' An early chance for McBurnie as Southampton fail to clear Basham's right-footed curling cross. The striker managed to chest Basham's cross down but could not swivel and release his shot under the pressure of Stephens in the box.
10' Ings relentlessly presses Robinson and forces the centre-back in to launching a clearance long. The forward's pressing and fitness since the restart was something Hassenhuttl had praised during the week.
9' Romeu drops deep before carrying the ball well over the halfway line, he then plays wide to Bertrand, however, Redmond and the full-back are not on the same wave length with their passes and the visitors have a goal-kick.
7' Lundstram goes wandering down the right wing but fails to control the ball, much to his frustration as his anger rings out loud and clear around St. Mary's.
5' Will it be another miserable final day for the Saints? The hosts have won their final game in just one of their last nine Premier League seasons (D3 L5), beating Crystal Palace 4-1 in 2015-16.
3' McBurnie is penalised early on in the left-hand corner as he bundles over Stephens with a little nudge in the back.
1' Referee Peter Bankes blows his whistle and the final game of the season is underway!
The players are making their way on to the pitch and the game will be underway shortly.
This is Sheffield United’s first visit to Southampton in any competition since February 2009, when they won 2-1 at St Mary’s in a Championship match.
Chris Wilder makes four changes to the side which lost to Everton. In midfield, Fleck and Lundstram come in to replace the duo of Norwood and Osborn. Further forward, Sharp, who captains the side, is given the nod ahead of David McGoldrick. The other change sees Robinson replace Jack O’Connell in the back three.
Ralph Hassenhuttl opts for only one change to the side that defeated Bournemouth, as Adams is preferred over Long to partner Ings up front. Bednarek returns from injury but is only fit enough for the bench. Midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, again, does not feature as he closes in on a move away from the south coast.
SUBS: Oliver Norwood, Ben Osborn, Simon Moore, Phil Jagielka, Leon Clarke, Richairo Zivkovic, Kieron Freeman, Jack Rodwell.
SHEFFIELD UNITED (3-5-2): Dean Henderson; Jack Robinson, Chris Basham, John Egan; George Baldock, John Fleck, John Lundstram, Sander Berge, Enda Stevens; Oliver McBurnie, Billy Sharp.
SUBS: Angus Gunn, Yan Valery, Jake Vokins, Jan Bednarek, Kevin Danso, Will Smallbone, Dan N’Lundulu, Shane Long, Michael Obafemi.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy; Kyle Walker-Peters, Jannik Vestergaard, Jack Stephens, Ryan Bertrand; Nathan Redmond, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong; Che Adams, Danny Ings.
The Blades had a realistic chance of Europe before lockdown, however, three wins in 10 since the restart means they can now finish no higher than eighth. In contrasting fortunes, the hosts have climbed to 12th and are currently unbeaten in six - their best run since August 2016.
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