Ched proves he's the big Cheese on home debut
A goal on his full debut by Ched Evans helped United to a 2-0 victory over a lackluster Watford side.
The Blades ran out comfortable winners after dominating the first home tie of the season, and Welshman Evans got the Blades second goal after Jamie Ward had poked them in front.
It follows two goals in midweek, during Wales' Under21 international for Evans, signed from Manchester City last month for £3million. However, it was more than just the goal that will have pleased both manager and fans, as he slipped seamlessly into the Blades side.
Despite the influx of wingers over the summer, Blackwell opted for Jamie Ward on the right hand side, allowing Evans to partner ex Hornet Henderson in attack.
The Blades got out of the blocks quickest, and despite referee Oliver's over enthusiasm with the whistle, managed to create some momentum, with Ward firing over from distance after just three minutes.
It was Ward who put the Blades in front, on his return from a two game ban on twelve minutes. A mazy run down the left by Treacy, led to him stroking a low ball across goal which Ward met with his left foot to pass the ball into the back of the net.
Evans continued to look lively up front, and almost sniffed out an opportunity from a Bunn clearance, and Treacy hit a right footed shot wide from twenty yards. The final chance of the half came from a well worked freekick; Kilgallon heading wide from Howard's cross.
The second half brought more of the same, Ward with an early shot, before United doubled the lead. Again Treacy playing provider, setting up Evans who cut inside from the left and unleashed, leaving Loach to just pick the ball out of the back of the net.
The Blades should have made it three shortly after. Brian Howard's perfect through ball put Ward clear, and despite having a full goal to aim at, tried to take it round Loach, who stuck out a leg and prevented the ex Chesterfield man.
United had the final two efforts of the game, Henderson volleying over on his wrong foot, before substitute Cotterill hit the post with an effot from the angle.
'He showed good instincts both in terms of his passing and his finishing.
'We made plenty of chances and were always on the front foot. We were inventive and creative. I was very pleased with them.'
'There were times after half time when I thought we started well enough and once again had good spells of play when the game opened up.
'I thought we had some decent passes going on, but then we lost the second goal which the boys were really disappointed with.
'At that point, we were then chasing shadows because there were a score of Sheffield players who were on the up at home.