Mark Wilder’s side proved to be too good for the Bees at Bramall Lane, as the visitors waste a handful of excellent chances to level
Billy Sharp bagged the opener for the Blades, which Dean Smith’s side could not level despite a handful of chances in the second period.
31-year-old Billy Sharp celebrates after scoring the opener at Bramall Lane
Florian Jozefzoon of Brentford surrounded by a sea of Sheffield United shirts
Sharp broke the deadlock at Bramell Lane after 38 minutes with a headed effort.
The Bees failed to clear a corner, allowing Sheffield’s top scorer of last term to loose his marker and head it home from close range.
Brentford’s best chance to level the scoring came from Lasse Vibe in the second period, but the 30-year-old headed the ball over from two yards out.
Left-back Enda Stevens came close to scoring the opener in the first half, but his 30-yard attempt rattled the woodwork.
John Egan collided with Sharp just before the interval, resulting in the 24-year-old sporting his traditional headband for the remainder of the game.
Chris Wilder’s men energetically came out of the half-time interval and had two goals disallowed in quick succession.
Sheffield boss Chris Wilder shouts instructions to his team at Bramall Lane
The Sheffield side celebrate Billy Sharp’s first half opener
Leon Clarke burst into open space and buried the ball into the back of the net, but the linesman saved Brentford on this occasion.
Sharp then also came close to doubling United’s tally after latching onto a deflected free kick, but the goal was flagged offside again.
Maupay took Brentford’s last chance of the game after breaking through the Sheffield defence, but Jamal Blackman reacts quickly and denies the Frenchman.
The Blades ‘keeper receives a standing ovation.
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