Sheffield United bowed out of the controversial Checkatrade Trophy last night despite an impressive 4-2 victory away at League Two Grimsby Town.
The Blades went into the game knowing they could only finish as high as third in their group after a Walsall victory 1-0 away to Leicester City u23’s had knocked them out of the competition.
But that didn’t stop Chris Wilder’s youthful-looking side from putting on a show for their travelling supporters, who saw their side hit four second half goals to come from a goal down to win.
17-year-old Regan Slater, making his professional debut, fired United level early in the second half before two goals in the space of three minutes saw them take control.
An own goal from Grimsby’s Andrew Boyce, who diverted a Leon Clarke cross into his own net, preceded summer signing Jack O’Connell scoring after a well-worked corner routine.
The hosts pulled one back through Craig Disley ten minutes from time to make it 2-3, but Clarke, who was making his return from injury, sealed the win late on.
Just hours before the game, Blades hitman Billy Sharp was rewarded for his recent performances with a League One Player of the Month nomination.
Local boy Sharp, 30, scored five goals in five appearances in October and contributed heavily to United’s rise up the table after a disappointing start to the season.
The winner of the accolade is set to be announced tomorrow.
Following that, the Blades will turn their attention to a televised trip to struggling local rivals Chesterfield on Sunday as they look to make it 12 league games unbeaten and climb into the automatic promotion places.
The game will attract a lot of attention as it will be the first time ex-United striker Ched Evans, who now plies his trade with the Spireites, will face his former employers since his rape conviction in 2012.
The conviction has since been quashed by the Court of Appeal, and a retrial found Evans not guilty last month.