WOLVES provided the very first jabs which disposed the Blades on their behinds in their opening video game of the season in September.
Last night they delivered the fateful knock-out blow which relegated Sheffield United and sent them hurtling out of the Premier League.
Willian Jose’s first Wolves objective lastly put Paul Heckingbottoms lightweights out of their anguish, after spending a lot of this headache season on the ropes.
In hindsight the Blades never ever recuperated from the shock of yielding two goals in the opening six minutes to Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss on Matchday One.
Those sucker-punches at Brammall Lane opened up open wounds which never recovered.
From that minute on the Blades have been playing catch-up – only to keep mistaking.
Toothless in attack, porous and breakable at the back, it’s been one long slog for the South Yorkshire strugglers.
When you stop working to win any of your first 17 games and have just 2 points on the board, you understand exactly how the story ends.
If anybody needed a pointer of why the Blades will be back in the Championship next season, it only took a matter of seconds last night to sum up their predicament.
United weren’t quite throwing the kitchen area sink at Wolves – more a plastic basin – however you get the drift. They were in the ascendancy.
Then David McGoldrick supplied a peach of a low cross which left Wolves defence spread-eagle and Enda Stevens steamed in to provide the final touch.
However his low drilled shot was brilliantly obstructed by Nelson Semedo – and you can most likely think the rest!
Wolves countered at speed, the ball was shifted to Leo Dendoncker and Kean Bryan recklessley dived in to leave his defence badly exposed.
Dendoncker sprang Adama Traore who pinned back his ears, sped past John Egan and centred for Willian Jose to clip the ball high previous Ramsdale from five yards.
To their credit the Blades reacted but Enda Steven’s rocket was toppled by Patricio, who also defied Ollie Norwood when he shot straight at him.
Sheff U have actually only managed to muster 17 Premier League goals all season – last night was the 18th game they have failed to score in.
It’s not brain surgery to see why.
They headed for Molineux like condemned males walking the green mile.
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Newcastle’s lunch break win versus West Ham implied the trapdoor had opened below them.
To their credit they came out swinging and did their best to extend their stay of execution.
But regardless of working their tails off it was Wolves who developed the very best opportunity of the very first half too.
Rayan Ait-Nouri’s corner was chested down by Willian Jose and Willy Boly’s improvised backheel flick spun off a defender and looped over Aaron Ramsdale.
In some way Ollie Norwood extended every sinew to head the ball off the line with the help of the crossbar.
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For one memorable season Chris Wilder’s boys had a blast in the Premier League and had the hipsters drooling over their incorrect No. 5’s and over-lapping centre-backs.
Last night they were sincere to a fault and gave every last ounce versus a Wolves group who still won in 2nd gear.
In fairness to the brave Blades they actually did play till they dropped!