Sheffield United went into the international break with just two points from their opening five matches and only one goal to their name – Billy Sharp’s late, but ultimately redundant, equaliser in the defeat to Huddersfield Town.
After a 0-0 draw against Luton Town a fortnight ago, manager Slavisa Jokanovic pleaded with the club’s board to “refresh the squad” as he looks to turn fortunes around.
The Serbian’s appeal was answered, with Conor Hourihane, Morgan Gibbs-White and Robin Olsen all signing on loan in the last two days of the transfer window.
The Blades have lost both of their first two home matches in the Championship to Birmingham City and Huddersfield, but the Bramall Lane crowd will surely be expectant over the next few weeks.
Something is going to have to give, as Peterborough have lost both of their first two away league matches this season without even finding the back of the net.
The Posh have failed to keep a clean sheet in their opening five games of the season, but came agonisingly close two weeks ago when they lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion after Semi Ajayi’s 94th-minute winner.
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Darren Ferguson described the defeat as “cruel” and said he could only compliment his players’ performance, which showed that they will have plenty of fight as they aim to stay up in their first Championship campaign since 2012-13.
Peterborough’s sole victory so far this season came against Derby County in gameweek two, but they are now winless in three matches and have not gone four without a victory since January 2020.
These two sides last met in League One in 2016-17, with Sheffield United winning both games 1-0 on their way to the title.