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2020-21 English Premier League
  • Jeff Schlupp (4')
  • Eberechi Eze (45'+6')

Crystal Palace end winless run with victory over Sheffield United

Crystal Palace ended their five-game winless run in the Premier League on Saturday after goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and a spectacular solo run from Eberechi Eze secured a 2-0 victory over bottom-placed Sheffield United.

The result means Chris Wilder's United have now gone without a win in 17 games this season -- the longest winless run from the start for a Premier League side.

Palace made a bright start to score inside four minutes when striker Christian Benteke teed up Schlupp who slotted the ball beyond United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, albeit with the help of a slight deflection.

Schlupp was forced off with an injury in the 40th minute, but his replacement Eze made an immediate impact with a spectacular solo goal just before half-time.

The 22-year-old started his run inside his own half before gliding past two opposition players and side-footing the ball home from the edge of the box.

"I just saw a lot of space and not many men back, so I thought I may as well take a chance," Eze told Sky Sports.

"When I got into shooting range, I thought I will try my luck and see what happens. I used the defender to block the keeper's vision, and just glad it went in.

"It was a good goal, and I'm grateful I got the chance to come on and get one."

With nine first-team players missing through injuries, illness and suspension, Wilder's side could only muster one shot on target and finished the game with 16-year-old substitute Antwoine Hackford on the pitch.

United have collected just two points all season and are 11 points from the safety zone.

Midfielder Oliver Norwood lamented United's lack of discipline at the back as they failed to keep a clean sheet for a 20th consecutive league game.

"We did not start great, conceded a poor goal and at this moment in time every deflection or bounce of the ball goes against us," he said. "The second goal kills us, 20 seconds from half-time.

"We are killing ourselves because we have to score three to win the game today. We need a clean sheet as well."

Palace, meanwhile, move up to 12th in the league after ending a five-game winless run.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 26 +36 62
2 Manchester United 26 +21 50
3 Leicester City 26 +15 49
4 West Ham United 26 +9 45
5 Chelsea 26 +16 44
6 Liverpool 26 +13 43
7 Everton 25 +5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 25 +14 39
9 Aston Villa 24 +12 39
10 Arsenal 26 +7 37
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 -6 34
13 Crystal Palace 26 -14 33
14 Southampton 26 -13 30
15 Burnley 26 -16 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle United 26 -17 26
18 Fulham 26 -11 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 26 -35 17
20 Sheffield United 26 -28 11