Past meetings | Swansea City vs Sheffield United

13th August 2021
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As Swansea City take on Sheffield United on Saturday for our first home league fixture of the season, we take a look back at some memorable previous meetings in SA1. The Blades have not secured all three points in South Wales since 1958. 

Swansea City 1 - 0 Sheffield United

Championship - January 19, 2019

Oli McBurnie celebrates after he taps in from six yards.

The Blades missed the chance to go second in the Championship table after a second half Oli McBurnie goal from six yards, wonderfully set up by Nathan Dyer and Mike Van Der Hoorn on the right.

The home team suffered a blow in the 20th minute as defender Joe Rodon was forced off due to injury, which made way for Cameron Carter-Vickers. The visitors took advantage of the switch almost immediately as captain Billy Sharp fired two attempts at goal but was denied by Erwin Mulder.

The first half ended goalless despite a strong start from United. But the Swans picked up momentum in the second half after McBurnie’s s strike, and they almost doubled their advantage on the break two minutes later as Bersant Celina and Daniel James broke forward through to set up Dyer, but his shot was terrifically blocked by Jack O’Connell.

The Swans did have to face some late pressure in the final stages of the game, but they eased through to make it five games unbeaten for Graham Potter's men, their best run of his reign to that point.

Swansea City 4-0 Sheffield United

Championship - May 7, 2011

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Stephen Dobbie opens the scoring at the Liberty Stadium.

Goals from Stephen Dobbie, Leon Britton and Scott Sinclair saw Brendan Rodgers' play-off bound Swans end the season with a comfortable win over already-relegated Sheffield United in SA1.

Scotsman Dobbie opened the scoring at the half hour mark at the Liberty Stadium with a wonderfully struck free-kick, after a foul committed on Sinclair.

The former Chelsea forward doubled the lead from the spot as Australian defender Shane Lowry saw red for his handling of Sinclair’s goal-bound effort on the line, and the Swans man made no mistake to slot home his 24th goal of the season.

Five minutes later, Dobbie netted his second goal of the game and Swansea’s third after firing home from the edge of the box.

Then, to top off an emphatic win, former Blade Leon Britton - who had only returned to the Swans from Bramall Lane in January - struck in the final minute with a half-volley from 25 yards.

The victory set up a memorable play-off semi final against sixth- place Nottingham Forest on the way to eventual promotion to the top-flight.

Swansea City 2 - 1 Sheffield United 

Championship - September 26, 2009

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Lee Trundle celebrates after scoring from the spot.

Nine-man Swansea City secured victory as Tom Butler’s 25-yard strike sealed their first home league win of the season under Paulo Sousa.

Lee Trundle opened the scoring from the spot in the 52nd minute after being fouled in the box by Nick Montgomery.

But the Swans were dealt an early blow when Ferrie Bodde was forced off less than 10 minutes into his first start in 10 months after recovering from a serious knee ligament injury.

With an already depleted midfield missing the likes of Leon Britton, Joe Allen and Darren Pratley, the Swans were up against it and the Blades levelled the scoring 21 minutes later through Steve Quinn’s back-heel before Spanish midfielder Jordi Lopez saw red for the Swans.

Eight minutes from time, Butler grabbed the winner with a low shot into the back of the net, but pressure built as Nathan Dyer picked up a second yellow in stoppage time which saw Sousa’s men down to nine.

The Swans secured a much needed win having not won in four consecutive games, failing to score in three.