Sheffield United’s charge towards the Champions League places gathered momentum as a 2-1 win over Bournemouth took them to within two points of Chelsea in fourth.
Chris Wilder’s men did it the hard way at Bramall Lane, coming from behind after Callum Wilson handed the improved Cherries a deserved early lead (13), reports Skysports.
Billy Sharp’s goal just before the break (45+1) restored parity before John Lundstram, who had lost his place to new signing Sander Berge, sprang from the bench to send the Blades fifth in the Premier League with a neat finish after linking with fellow substitute Lys Mousset.
United have now scored six Premier League goals from substitutes this season, more than any other side in the division, while the result leaves Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth just two points above the drop zone.
For the first 30 minutes it was hard to tell who was pushing for Europe and who were the relegation strugglers as the visitors – obviously buoyed by back-to-back wins – played with great energy, quality and bite to win the second balls.
Ryan Fraser looked like a player with his confidence restored after an inconsistent campaign and he was the instigator of the opening goal.