Sheffield United’s long wait for a first Premier League win of the season is over, after Billy Sharp’s penalty ensured the Blades took full advantage of an uninspiring performance from Newcastle United to keep a faint flicker of avoiding relegation alive.

No side has waited longer for a win to start a season in the Premier League than Chris Wilder’s side, but three days after their first win of the season against Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup, they finally claimed three points in the league at the 18th attempt, when substitute Sharp scored from the spot to finally break the deadlock after over an hour of almost constant pressure.

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