Sheffield United lost a nine-goal thriller 5-4 at home to out of form Fulham. The defeat means the Blades have missed their chance to go top. If Wolves beat Leeds tomorrow Wolves will extend their lead at the top to four points.
The first goal came just five minutes into the match as Leon Clarke pounced onto a rebound following a shot from John Fleck which was parried out by David Button. Fulham equalised just under 25 minutes later when Ojo latched onto an awful attempted backpass, by Carter-Vickers, and coolly slotted the ball past Blackman. Just two minutes later Fulham took a shock lead as Ryan Sessegnon hit a beautiful curling effort from about 20-yards out into the bottom right-hand corner.
In the 39th minute, Fleck played a wonderful ball into the left channel for Leon Clarke to run onto. Once he got the ball under his spell he fired a well-hit shot straight under the Fulham keeper to make it two apiece. Before the half-time whistle there was a fifth goal and it went the way of the visitors. When Ojo found himself in behind the Blades defence he crossed a ball to the back post which Sessegnon got on the end of to score his second a Fulham’s third of the game.
The sixth goal of the game didn’t arrive until the 69th minute as Kamara (who had been on the pitch for barely a minute) set up Ojo who hit a deflected shot to put the Londoners 4-2 up. Less than ten minutes later Sessegnon got his hat-trick to put Fulham 5-2 up and all but end the game as a contest. Well, at least, that’s what everyone thought…
With four minutes to go, Carruthers pulled one back for United to give them the slightest glimmer of hope. Six minutes of added time were signalled by the fourth official and just one minute into those six Leon Clarke picked up another hat-trick to make it 5-4 and cause a very tense last five minutes for the visiting fans. Unfortunately, for the home faithful and Leon Clarke, his goals are meaningless when it comes to the winning any points.