Luton Town 1-1 Sheffield United: Oli McBurnie on target but Blades retained to draw

Oli McBurnie
Oli McBurnie’s goal for Sheffield United was his first in any competition for 11 months

League leaders Sheffield United had to settle for a point against Luton Town despite Oli McBurnie ending a run of 43 league games without a goal.

They fell behind at Kenilworth Road on a Carlton Morris header, the summer signing’s second goal in successive games for the Hatters.

But Scotland striker McBurnie – whose previous league goal was against Leicester City in December 2020 – flew home after the break to bring the Blades level.

United goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, seemingly uncomfortable, had to leave in the 78th minute, with Jordan Amissah sent off on his senior debut, and he did well to overturn an effort in added time from sub Cameron Jerome as Luton pressed unsuccessfully for their first home win of the campaign.

The result left the Blades two points clear of Watford, Reading and Blackburn, who are all in action on Saturday, while Luton are 17th with six points from six games.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side managed 31 shots on target in their first five games of the season – more than any other team in the division – but failed to test Luton’s Ethan Horvath in the first half despite the hand of the lion of possession.

Their best moment came when James McAtee found Oliver Norwood with a corner and the midfielder showed tremendous technique with his volley from 20 yards out, but he hit Sander Berge and ricocheted away from goal.

By then they had already fallen behind when a long throw from Amari’i Bell was returned to him and Morris rose at the near post to meet his whipping cross, giving Foderingham no chance with his head looking in the corner.

Although Luton found themselves squeezed in their own half as the half wore on, an early shot wide of the post by McBurnie was the best United could muster and the unmarked Elijah Adebayo had a chance to double the lead, only to fly overhead from James Bree’s ball.

The Blades’ traveling support were out of their seats in the second half, however, as Luton failed to clear a corner and the ball was kicked in by John Egan for McBurnie to drive home, prompting an emotional celebration which earned him a yellow card. .

Norwood was inches too high with a curling effort just outside the box as the Blades sought a second, while Adebayo’s header from another good delivery from full-back Bree flew from accuracy for Luton.

It was Jerome, however, who came closest to a late winner for the home side, who have now failed to win any of their last six league games against United.

Alignments

Luton

Training 3-4-1-2

  • 34Horvath
  • 16burk
  • 4Lockyer
  • 3Potts
  • 2Bree
  • 18clark
  • 30Free manReplaced byBayat 86′minutes
  • 29Bell
  • 22Campbell
  • 9MorrisReplaced byjeromeat 75′minutes
  • 11Adebayo

Substitutes

  • 8Bay
  • tenWoodrow
  • 15Muskwe
  • 23Onyedinma
  • 32Osho
  • 33macey
  • 35jerome

Sheff United

Training 3-5-2

  • 18FoderinghamReplaced byAmissahat 78′minutes
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 33Norrington DaviesReplaced byAhmedhodzicat 84′minutes
  • 2BaldockBooked 15 mins away
  • 8Bank
  • 16norwood
  • 28McAteeBooked at 23 minsReplaced byDoyleat 45′minutes
  • 13Lowe
  • 29NdiayeBooked at 73 minsReplaced byBrewerat 84′minutes
  • 9McBurnieBooked at 54 mins

Substitutes

  • sevenBrewer
  • 15Ahmedhodzic
  • 22Doyle
  • 30Arblaster
  • 32Osula
  • 36jebbison
  • 37Amissah

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