Sheffield United 0-1 Southampton: Moussa Djenepo fires home the winner

Sheffield United 0-1 Southampton: Moussa Djenepo fires home the winner


Moussa Djenepo has provided two moments of magic for Southampton and we are only halfway through September  The summer signing from Standard Liege scored a screamer to put the Saints on their way to their first victory of the campaign at Brighton and he was at it again on the road – although VAR caused controversy yet again when it failed to hand the battling Blades a penalty for what looked like a handball from James Ward-Prowse after it had already disallowed the goal they thought had put them ahead  An entertaining game that remained goalless needed a moment of real quality to break the deadlock   It got it on 66 minutes when 21-year-old Mali international Djenepo picked up the ball 35 yards out, held off an illegal challenge from a retreating Ward-Prowse, sent defender John Egan one way then the other and simply glided past Jack O’Connell before driving across Henderson into the bottom corner for the only goal  Already, it appears to be £14m well spent. Both sides set out to attack from the start  In a mad minute, former Blade Che Adams, whose every touch was booed, struck a post with a searing half-volley from the edge of the box before the returning from injury David McGoldrick – put clean through by strike partner Ole McBurnie – hit Saints keeper Angus Gunn in the chest   MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE Henderson 7.5; Baldock 5, Basham 7 (Robinson 83), Egan 6, O’Connell 6, Stevens 6; Lundstram 6 (Mousset 72, 5), Norwood 6, Fleck 7; McGoldrick 6, McBurnie 6 5 (Sharp 65, 4)  Freeman, Osborn, Moore, Besic Sharp (85). Fleck. Gunn 7; Soares 5, Yoshida 6, Vestergaard 6, Bednarek 6, Djenepo 8 (Ings 74, 5); Romeu 6 5, Hojbjerg 6.5; Ward-Prowse 6.5, Adams 7 (Long 90), Boufal 7.5 (Armstong 85)  McCarthy, Stephens, Bertrand, Valery  Vestergaard Djenepo 66. Lee Mason 30,985 Season at a glance Live tables Fixtures Scores Premier League Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga More tables More fixtures More scores United playmaker John Fleck then headed over from close to the penalty spot as both sides continued to trade chances, with Cedric Soares sidefooting wide at the other end  The luckless Adams missed a chance to silence his barrackers when he rose to meet a perfect cross from Ward-Prowse, heading into the turf only for Henderson to pull off a tremendous reaction save, flying across his line  Henderson is on loan from Manchester United and, while few in the Stretford End would wish to see David de Gea depart, there is clearly a capable replacement on the club’s books With 10 minutes to go to the break McGoldrick met a curling Oliver Norwood free-kick at the back post but the Irishman could only steer his volley into the stanchion  The half’s final chance fell to Saints’ excellent Sofiane Boufal, but his low drive was held by the apparently impregnable Henderson  On 52 minutes Chris Wilder’s men thought they had the lead when Norwood’s free-kick was tapped in at the far post by McBurnie after Egan had failed to get a touch The home fans celebrated, while the Saints players surrounded referee Lee Mason who confirmed that the incident was being reviewed  Moments later the decision was delivered – Egan was offside and the goal was disallowed ‘VAR complete’ said the voice on the public address system. The Blades fans may well have added a one-word expletive at the end of the message  Southampton had been under the cosh but could have gone ahead when Adams struck well again from distance only to be denied by Henderson  And they had the lead when Djenepo magnificently did his thing. United, riled, battled to respond  Fleck fired wide from distance, before a VAR check for a Saints handball in the area against Ward-Prowse came back negative  The Southampton man can count himself lucky. Blades supporters may well end up talking about video technology rather than football in the pub tonight  There was still time for Gunn to deny former Saint McGoldrick brilliantly with his feet, before the same man volleyed over the bar  Sub Bill Sharp then saw red for what was deemed a reckless challenge on fellow benchwarmer Armstrong as the visitors held on

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