Frank Onyeka ends Brentford’s drought to nudge Blades closer to trapdoor

Something had to give. Between them, Brentford and Sheffield United had played out a collective 16 winless matches. For Brentford, the drought did not extend to 10 games. For the Blades, Oliver Arblaster’s unfortunate deflection of Mikkel Damsgaard’s cross and Frank Onyeka’s injury-time strike made it eight. The door towards relegation and starting an EFL season on minus two points opens ever wider.

Where their fate has looked sealed from early season despite recent improvements, Brentford among the strugglers has jarred in the face of their previous Premier League campaigns. A lack of victories has dragged them dangerously down. Quality performances against Manchester United, Brighton and Aston Villa yielded three draws, to remind that Thomas Frank’s team, riddled by injuries, were always playing above themselves when the going was good.

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