Sheffield United 1 Bristol City 2: Blades crash to opening day loss

Michael Higdon nets Sheffield United's first goal od the season.
Michael Higdon nets Sheffield United's first goal od the season.
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Sheffield United slipped to an opening day defeat against Bristol City in League One.

United fielded a new-look defence, with Harry Maguire departed for pastures new at Hull City and Neill Collins only named as a substitute.

That meant a back four of Bob Harris, Craig Alcock, Harrison McGahey and Ben Davies.

The Blades gave debuts to four new signings in their starting XI, but they were behind early on.

Mark Little raced down the right flank before picking out Aaron Wilbraham for his first league goal in over two years.

The Blades created numerous chances, with Jamie Murphy and Stefan Scougall both going close.

But when the equaliser came it was another classic centre forward’s header.

Ben Davies whipped in a cross and Michael Higdon glanced his header home to the relief of the home support.

The second-half was a far quieter affair, but the visitors grabbed a surprise lead on 72 minutes when Wade Elliott latched onto the ball before firing beyond Mark Howard.

Murphy thought he had equalised, but visiting defender Aden Flint popped up to clear away the danger after good work from substitute Jamal Campbell-Ryce.