Vital Statistics: Sheffield United

21st January 2019
First team

Swansea City climbed to ninth in the Championship table as they picked up a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Sheffield United under the Liberty lights.

Here are the key stats from an important Swans win.

3 – Sheffield United are rapidly becoming sick of the sight of Oli McBurnie. The Scotland international’s goal at the weekend means he has scored in all three of his senior appearances against the Blades having netted at Bramall Lane earlier this season and while on-loan at Barnsley last term.

5 – Completing the league double over Sheffield United means Swansea City are unbeaten in five games stretching back to the draw with Wigan at the end of 2018 making this their longest sequence without tasting defeat under Graham Potter.

8 – Defeat at the Liberty extends Sheffield United’s winless run in SA1 to eight games. The last time the Blades visited Swansea and emerged victorious was back in November 1958 when Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister and Wales had recently reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

10 – The Swans were delighted with three points, but also ended their wait for a clean sheet in the Championship. The shut-out against the Blades was the first since the victory at Bolton in November, with Swansea conceding in each of the following 10 league games.

11 – Oli McBurnie’s close-range finish took the striker to 11 goals for the season, matching the tally of last season’s top scorer Jordan Ayew.

98 – Injury to Joe Rodon saw Cameron Carter-Vickers feature from the bench, and the on-loan Tottenham man barely put a foot wrong. That was reflected in the United States’ international’s pass completion rate of 98 per cent. Forty two of his 43 passes reached the intended recipient, and his success rate was the best on either side for players involved for more than 45 minutes.

2013 – Swansea have started a new calendar year without defeat in their first four games. The last time they managed that was in 2013 as draws against Aston Villa and Everton in the Premier League book-ended the League Cup win at Chelsea and an FA Cup draw against Arsenal.