Paul Heckingbottom hails Oli McBurnie performance as Sheffield United beat Blackburn

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom has hailed Oli McBurnie’s contribution after Sheffield United triumphed 3-0 over Blackburn to top the Sky Bet Championship table.

Oliver Norwood gave the Blades the lead with a curling free-kick shortly after the half-hour mark, before substitute Iliman Ndiaye wrapped up the three points with a second-half brace.

McBurnie has been without a goal since scoring in the Carabao Cup in September, but Heckingbottom was delighted with the striker’s overall performance.

“He was excellent,” the Blades boss said. “From our point of view, he has been involved in all the good things that we have done.

“He created chances while being at the end of the chances and getting that many in one game just shows the hard work everyone has done with him.

“I thought from start to finish we were excellent. We had a goal about us with the ball and tried to move it quickly and be positive. And aggression without the ball, to try and win it back and make it difficult for Blackburn as well.

“I think that type of performance would have given anyone a game. We just try to deliver that. We know we don’t go there every week, but we will try to do that.

“In 40 games, if we are top of the league, I will be delighted.

Blackburn head coach Jon Dahl Tomasson said: “We knew when we got here it was going to be tough. Sheffield United have a great squad and lots of quality players.

“It’s hard to come here, so we knew it would be a challenge.

“I think the team looked a bit stretched, to be honest. It was a well deserved win, they were better than us.

“We had a spell in the second half where I think we were in the game, especially in the first 25 minutes after half-time.

“I think you can see we’re playing a lot of games at the moment and the team looks a bit stretched.

“I think it could be good to boost the dressing room a bit with a few players.

“We have lost more than eight players and only three players have arrived so far.”

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