Sheffield United have been put out of their distress as their Premier League relegation was confirmed with a 1-Zero defeat at Wolves.
Willian Jose’s second-half objective was all that separated the 2 sides at Molineux and consigned the Blades to their 26th defeat of the league season.
Beneath caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom, United are 19 factors from security with six video games remaining and have received simply 4 instances all season.
They not often appeared like incomes a keep of execution, though Enda Stevens was denied by Rui Patricio.
Mid-table Wolves additionally struggled to search out critical momentum in a forgettable sport however Oliver Norwood did head Willy Boly’s lucky first-half effort off the road.
Newcastle’s late win over West Ham earlier within the day left United needing to keep away from defeat to delay their inevitable return to the second tier.
There was little depth from the guests in a colorless first half although, and Wolves got here closest to an opener after 21 minutes.
Rayan Ait-Nouri’s nook was chested down by Jose and John Egan’s clearance ricochet off Boly’s heel to loop in direction of objective, just for a mix of Norwood and the crossbar to maintain the ball out.
Daniel Podence’s half-volley flew over after half an hour however Wolves – firmly caught in mid-table – didn’t persuade they’d break the monotony.
The most important flashpoint got here 9 minutes earlier than the break when Ait-Nouri was fortunate to keep away from a crimson card.
The defender landed on Rhian Brewster’s ankle when attempting to protect the ball however VAR didn’t intervene and it was Brewster who was booked for the problem.
The sport meandered into the break and there was nothing to counsel the scoreline would change throughout a low-key begin to the second half.
But, belatedly, United did conjure their first probability of the sport after 59 minutes – just for it to result in Wolves’ winner.
Brewster’s low cross discovered the unmarked Stevens and his low strike was blocked by Nelson Semedo.
Instantly, Wolves broke with Semedo and Podence combining to ship Traore away. He then breezed previous Egan for Jose to comb in his first Wolves objective from six yards.
Stevens’ fast flip and shot compelled save from Rui Patricio as United awoke however it was too late.
Aaron Ramsdale denied Romain Saiss from level clean vary with seven minutes left.
Fabio Silva then shot straight on the goalkeeper and Traore sliced vast on the break as time ran out on United’s top-flight keep.