Sheffield United picked up their first win of the new Premier League season, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 this afternoon.

John Lundstram got the all important goal in the second-half, after Luke Freeman's cross was pushed into his path by Palace keeper Vicente Guaita.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson restored Wilfred Zaha to his starting line-up after starting him on the bench for the scoreless opening-week draw against Everton, while Chris Wilder started with the same side that secured a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.

Zaha, who has been linked with a move away from the club before the European transfer window closes on 2 September, was kept under control by the Sheffield defence as Palace once again struggled to create scoring opportunities.

Four Republic of Ireland internationals played their part for The Blades, with John Egan and Enda Stevens playing the entire game, while Callum Robinson and David McGoldrick were both taken off after the break.

McGoldrick missed a great opportunity to put the home side ahead just before halftime, but 25-year-old midfielder Lundstram made no mistake early in the second period, lashing the ball home after it was steered into his path by Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.


Lundstram's strike mean he has now scored a goal in each of England's top four divisions.

Employing a more direct approach to try to force an equaliser, Palace had plenty of possession, but the Sheffield rearguard dealt comfortably with their attacks as they sealed their first win of the season.

Sheffield United will host Leicester City next weekend while Palace, who have yet to score in the league, face a daunting trip to Manchester United.