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Sheffield closer to relegation after 2-0 defeat to Southampton


Southampton defeated relegation-threatened Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane as The Blades draw closer to a Premier League exit.

Chris Wilder’s men were hoping to avoid their 22nd defeat of the season and they held the fort for over half an hour before Ethan Ampadu’s miscued tackle caught Southampton’s Nathan Tella in the box to give the visitors a penalty.

The home side took the lead as James Ward-Prowse sent the penalty into the bottom-left corner and Ramsdale dives the other way in the 32nd minute.

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The visitors doubled the lead four minutes into the second half through Che Adams whose netted a volley from 25 yards.

Ramsdale denied the Saints a goal-fest by pulling a number of brilliant saves, denying Adams and Nathan Redmond, to ensure his side remained in the game but Sheffield failed to complement his efforts upfront as Fraser Forster kept a clean sheet.

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Ralph Hasenhüttl secured a double against The Blades with the 2-0 victory to make, their third in the last three league meetings with Sheffield United, last winning four in a row against them in 1950 in the second tier.

Sheffield United have won just one of their seven Premier League meetings with Southampton (D2 L4), with that victory coming in the first such meeting between the sides in October 1992 (2-0).

Meanwhile, Southampton picked up their first Premier League win in 10 matches, having lost eight of the previous nine in the competition (D1).
The Blades become only the second English top-flight team to lose 22 of their first 28 games in a season after Sunderland in 2005-06.