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2020-21 English Premier League
  • David McGoldrick (30')
  • Phil Jagielka (57')

McGoldrick hands Sheffield United vital win over Villa

A poacher's goal from David McGoldrick gave bottom side Sheffield United a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa on Wednesday, as they overcame Phil Jagielka's sending off to grab their fourth Premier League victory of the season.

The home side took the lead on the half-hour mark when McGoldrick timed his run perfectly, stealing in at the far post to bundle home George Baldock's cross-shot.

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Villa's Ollie Watkins hit the crossbar with a glancing header in the 54th minute and three minutes later Jagielka was shown a red card after a lengthy VAR review for a foul on Anwar El-Ghazi, who referee Robert Jones ruled was through on goal.

The visitors had plenty of possession but Aaron Ramsdale was rock-solid in the United goal as his side hung on for a win that leaves them on 14 points after 27 games, 12 behind 17th-placed Newcastle United. Villa are ninth on 39 points.

Villa poured forward looking for an equaliser, but with playmaker Jack Grealish missing due to injury, their final ball into the box often lacked quality.

Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez came up for some corners in a frenetic four minutes of stoppage time, but his opposite number Aaron Ramsdale was rock-solid in the United goal as his side hung on.

"We knew it would be a tough game and it got tougher when we went down to 10 men, but it showed how much we're fighting for this club," goalscorer McGoldrick told BT Sport.

"We showed massive character. We all care about the club, we're still fighting for our lives and our future. We're still fighting until the end."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 34 +47 80
2 Manchester United 33 +29 67
3 Leicester City 34 +22 63
4 Chelsea 34 +22 61
5 West Ham United 34 +11 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +22 56
7 Liverpool 33 +16 54
8 Everton 33 +3 52
9 Arsenal 34 +9 49
10 Aston Villa 33 +10 48
11 Leeds United 34 -2 47
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -13 42
13 Crystal Palace 33 -22 38
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -4 37
15 Southampton 33 -18 37
16 Burnley 34 -16 36
17 Newcastle United 34 -20 36
18 Fulham 34 -20 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 34 -34 26
20 Sheffield United 34 -42 17