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Sheff Utd thrash Peterborough for first league win


Sheffield United's Iliman Ndiaye and Morgan Gibbs-White
Iliman Ndiaye and Morgan Gibbs-White both scored on their first starts for Sheffield United as the Blades won in the Championship for the first time this season

Sheffield United grabbed their first Championship victory under manager Slavisa Jokanovic with a thumping win over Peterborough United at Bramall Lane.

Iliman Ndiaye scored his first senior goal on his first league start before Jack Marriott equalised.

But second-half goals from John Fleck, two from Ben Osborn, Morgan Gibbs-White and a second from Ndiaye settled the match, with Jonson Clarke-Harris’ penalty a mere consolation.

Peterborough have now lost all three of their away matches as they slip to 23rd in the table.

With just two points and one goal from his first five games, Jokanovic made four changes looking for a winning formula, although he could not hand a debut to goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who had to quarantine after playing for Sweden in Greece in midweek.

But two of the players brought in combined for a goal as Gibbs-White, on his debut following his season-long loan move from Wolverhampton Wanderers, pulled the ball back for Ndiaye to supply the finish.

However, they were pegged back when Marriott punished a mistake by Rhys Norrington-Davies to bring the visitors level for his first goal in his second spell at the club.

In the second half, an error from Frankie Kent ended with Fleck putting the home team back in front, before Osborn, after being set up by Billy Sharp, made it three.

Gibbs-White then grabbed a debut goal before French 21-year-old Ndiaye found the net for a second time with a header.

Clarke-Harris pulled one back for Posh with a penalty, before Osborn completed the scoring in stoppage time.

The problems for Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson are in defence, with only Reading having conceded more than their 14 goals.

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

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“To lose in the manner we did in the second half was extremely disappointing.

“When you concede a goal, that happens in a game and you have to get on with it but then we lost a goal immediately afterwards and we lost all confidence and they went the other way.

“We can’t go the way we did in the second half. But quickly as I possibly can, I have to get the players going again because we’ve got another game Tuesday.”

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 18Foderingham
  • 2Baldock
  • 12Egan
  • 19Robinson
  • 33Norrington-Davies
  • 16NorwoodSubstituted forHourihaneat 71′minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 23Osborn
  • 29NdiayeSubstituted forFreemanat 72′minutes
  • 10Sharp
  • 27Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forMcBurnieat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Basham
  • 7Brewster
  • 9McBurnie
  • 15Freeman
  • 20Bogle
  • 21Verrips
  • 24Hourihane

Peterborough

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Pym
  • 12Knight
  • 6Kent
  • 3ButlerBooked at 59mins
  • 23Ward
  • 18NorburnSubstituted forTaylorat 63′minutes
  • 20Coventry
  • 16BurrowsBooked at 49mins
  • 7SzmodicsSubstituted forGrantat 71′minutes
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 71′minutes
  • 10Dembélé

Substitutes

  • 2Edwards
  • 8Taylor
  • 9Clarke-Harris
  • 11Grant
  • 13Cornell
  • 21Tomlinson
  • 26Randall

Referee:
Steve Martin

Attendance:
27,359

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