Iliman Ndiaye scored a brace to help Sheffield United produce one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Oliver Norwood opened the scoring in the 31st minute before Ndiaye doubled their advantage in the 73rd minute. Six minutes later, Ndiaye sealed the three points for the hosts. Paul Heckingbottom made a number of changes for their third game in a week.
Sheffield United’s Paul Heckingbottom: “[McBurnie ]was excellent. From our point of view, he was involved in all the good things we did. He created chances as well as being on the end of chances and to get that many in a game just shows the hard work that everybody has been doing with him. I thought from start to finish we were excellent. We had a purpose about us with the ball and tried to move it quickly and be positive. And aggression without the ball, to try and win it back and make it difficult for Blackburn as well. I think that type of performance would have given anyone a game. We just try and deliver that. We know we’re not going to every week, but we’ll try and do it. In 40 games’ time, if we’re top of the league, I’ll be delighted.”
Blackburn’s Jon Dahl Tomasson: “We knew when we came here that it was going to be tough. Sheffield United has an excellent squad and a lot of quality players. It’s difficult to come here, so we knew it was going to be a challenge. I think the squad looked a bit stretched, to be honest. It was a well-deserved victory – they were better than us. We had a spell in the second half where I think we were in the game, especially in the first 25 minutes after half-time.”
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