Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp speaks of ‘huge relief’ as his 100th league goal for the Blades finally gives them their first win of the Premier League season
- Billy Sharp converted a penalty he helped win to get the victory over Newcastle
- It was finally Sheffield United’s first Premier League win of the season
- The strike also marked Sharp’s 100th league goal for his long time club
Billy Sharp reached a career milestone on Tuesday against Newcastle, but he will mostly be thankful that Sheffield United have finally got a win under their belts.
The Blades were a man up for the entire second half after Ryan Fraser saw red before the break and their good play was rewarded when the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Sharp converted the spot kick, netting his 100th career goal for the club, and spoke of the ‘huge relief’ of hanging onto the lead after they secured their first win of the Premier League campaign.
Billy Sharp scored his 100th league goal for Sheffield United against Newcastle on Tuesday
‘It’s a huge relief, I’m so happy for the boys,’ the match winner told Sky Sports.
‘It was important we got a win soon. It was scrappy at times but in the first half I thought we were brilliant.
‘We got the luck we deserved and saw it through. I thought we played with a lot of confidence and this win can give us more belief. Everyone has written us off, the pressure is off.
‘We’ve not had a great time in the last few months but we’ve got to keep our heads high now. We’re good enough to do it.’
The players were relieved as it earned them their first Premier League win of the season
Although they got the win, Sheffield United still have it all to do. They’re still bottom of the Premier League and sat three points behind West Brom, despite the win.
‘He did touch it with his hand, I gave him a nudge,’ Sharp said of the penalty incident, which had to be checked by VAR.
‘The referee made the decision. I love scoring goals for Sheffield United.’
Meanwhile, his team-mate John Egan told Sky Sports that he had full faith Sharp would score the penalty.
John Egan said he knew Sharp would score the penalty as soon as he stepped up to take it
‘It is about time we got the win,’ said Egan. ‘As soon as Billy stood up I knew he was going to score.
‘We played more like ourselves, positive, front foot. Newcastle are hard to break down, were solid even with 10 men. We were due that bit of luck though.
‘There is a long way to go yet. We know it is a tough ask but we look to the next game.’
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