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Result: Sheffield United denied first league win of season by late Danny Welbeck effort

Result: Sheffield United denied first league win of season by late Welbeck effort
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The forward earned Brighton a point.

Rock bottom Sheffield United were cruelly denied a first Premier League win of the season after substitute Danny Welbeck salvaged a 1-1 draw for fellow strugglers Brighton.

Albion forward Welbeck volleyed home three minutes from time as the beleaguered Blades had to settle for only a second point of a miserable campaign at the end of their 14th fixture.

Jayden Bogle’s deflected second-half strike on his top-flight debut had put the visitors on course for an unlikely victory after John Lundstram’s dismissal left them with 10 men for 50 minutes.

Chris Wilder’s battling side could even have ended a tense contest empty handed as Alireza Jahanbakhsh headed against the crossbar deep into added time.

United sit eight points from safety after ending an eight-game losing streak, while Brighton move two points above the relegation zone as their alarming home form continued.

The Seagulls, backed by 2,000 fans on Sunday afternoon, have now won just one of 16 top-flight fixtures at the Amex Stadium in 2020.

Defiant Blades boss Wilder insisted ahead of the game he would only walk away from his job if he felt it was in the best interests of the club he has guided from League One to the top flight.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Sheffield United – Premier League – AMEX Stadium
John Lundstram (left) receives a red card from referee Peter Bankes(Glyn Kirk/PA)

He responded to Thursday’s 3-2 home loss to Manchester United by recalling goalless club-record signing Rhian Brewster and handing midfielder Lundstram his 100th Blades appearance.

In front of a smattering of socially-distanced supporters, both sides struggled to threaten during a first half in which Brighton controlled possession.

Albion captain Lewis Dunk headed over and Aaron Connolly forced a decent save from Aaron Ramsdale, while Neal Maupay had two close-range efforts blocked.

United’s first meaningful attempt came 10 minutes before the break when David McGoldrick – scorer of both goals against United – saw a 20-yard free-kick touched wide by Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Sheffield United – Premier League – AMEX Stadium
Jayden Bogle celebrates scoring the opening goal (Glyn Kirk/PA)

The visitors were enjoying their best spell of the game at that stage before the premature end of Lundstram’s milestone appearance halted their momentum.

Referee Peter Bankes initially produced a yellow card when the midfielder overran the ball and lunged at Joel Veltman, before delighting the limited home crowd by upgrading the punishment to red having watched a replay of the incident on a pitchside monitor.

Holland international Veltman – playing in place of the injured Tariq Lamptey – did not return for the second half, with Jahanbakhsh brought on to give the hosts greater attacking threat.

Despite their numerical advantage, Albion were almost caught out on the counter-attack just before the hour mark.

Substitute Oliver Burke burst behind Brighton’s advanced backline and, after pulling the ball back, the the unmarked Enda Stevens drilled wide.

Brighton continued to be camped in United’s half but failed to heed the earlier warning as they fell behind.

After McGoldrick was slipped in on the left, Bogle – a summer signing from Derby, who had replaced ineffectual £23.5million man Brewster – was on hand to drill home the cutback via a hefty touch off Adam Webster.

The goal increased the dissatisfaction among the restless home fans.

Webster tested Blades goalkeeper Ramsdale from distance and Connolly headed off target with the goal gaping, while Burke squandered an excellent chance to wrap up victory at the other end.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Sheffield United – Premier League – AMEX Stadium
Danny Welbeck equalises for the Seagulls (Mike Hewitt/PA)

Burke’s miss became extremely costly minutes later.

Ramsdale had gone 17 games without a clean sheet – dating back to his days with former club Bournemouth – and he was once again left to pick the ball out of his net as Leandro Trossard’s ball into the box broke for Welbeck to chest down and smash home from inside the six-yard box.

The equaliser ensured United’s winless run since defeating Chelsea 3-0 in July would stretch to 17 league games.

It could have been worse for them in the dying moments but Jahanbakhsh could only nod against the frame of the goal during a frantic finish.

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
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BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
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