Nigerian-born Eze helps Crystal Palace defeat Sheffield United
Premier League, Selhurst Park: Crystal Palace 2 (Schlupp 4, Eze 45+6) Sheffield United 0
By Our Sports Desk/Agency Report
An amazing solo effort from Nigerian-born Eberechi Eze in the 51st minute was all Crystal Palace needed to compound the troubles of bottom place Sheffied United in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Eze, who didn’t appear to have a warm-up before coming on, replaces the injured Schlupp,burst forward from his own half to the edge of the area and coolly slotted the ball into the corner for the 2nd goal for Palace.It was a stunning individual brilliance by the Nigerian as Crystal Palace piled on the misery for rock-bottom Sheffield United with a 2-0 win at home.
The Blades, the only side in the division without a win or clean sheet, made a nightmare start as Jeffrey Schlupp scored after just four minutes via a deflection from the rejuvenated Christian Benteke’s lay-off.
Schlupp was forced off with a suspected hamstring injury before half-time and was replaced by Eze, who despite taking an age to come on the field lit up the game by running from inside his half to the edge of the box and curling a low shot beyond Aaron Ramsdale.
Chris Wilder’s side, who benched record signing Rhian Brewster and only carved out one decent opportunity in the first period, were again toothless in the second half with a lack of movement in the final third.
Brewster eventually came on along with 16-year-old debutant Antwoine Hackford but it did not impact the outcome as Palace’s defence stayed resolute to record only their second win in eight games to go 12th while the Blades remain bottom of the table.
Sheffield United are without a win in 20 Premier League games since they beat Chelsea in July.