Stevens, Baldock score as battling Blades edge past Norwich

Stevens, Baldock score as battling Blades edge past Norwich
By Reuters

08/12/2019 at 17:02Updated 08/12/2019 at 17:05

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Sheffield United wing backs Enda Stevens and George Baldock scored in three second-half minutes as the Blades came from behind to defeat a spirited Norwich City 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Trailing 1-0 following a poor opening half at a wet and windy Carrow Road, the Blades equalised four minutes after the break when Stevens rose above Norwich's defence to powerfully head in fellow defender Baldock's cross from the right.

With Norwich still reeling, Baldock put the visitors ahead in the 52nd minute, twisting and turning before firing the ball past goalkeeper Tim Krul and into the bottom left corner after collecting a pass from John Lundstram.

Norwich midfielder Alexander Tettey had earlier marked his return to the starting lineup with the opening goal in the 27th minute, blasting a low shot past goalkeeper Dean Henderson after the Blades failed to clear Emiliano Buendia's corner.

Mario Vrancic could have doubled the Canaries' lead in the final seconds of the first half but the Bosnian midfielder's right-footed effort from long range was saved by Henderson diving to his left.

Blades defender Chris Basham was shown a red card 16 minutes from time for a poor challenge on midfielder Kenny McLean, but he was asked to return to the pitch after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) deemed that his tackle deserved only a yellow. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge)