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Football | McGoldrick ends Premier League drought in style

When it rains it pours.

After 42 shots and 1615 minutes, David McGoldrick has finally broken his Premier League drought.

The Sheffield United striker has netted his first and second goals in the English top flight to help the Blades to a stunning 3-0 win over Chelsea at Bramall Lane.

In recent weeks it has been McGoldrick's international teammate John Egan who has been coming up with big goals for the Blades, but this week it was 'Didzy's' turn to play a starring role.

Chris Wilder's side, who remain firmly in the hunt for European football, entered the clash on the back of an impressive 1-0 win over Wolves last time out.

McGoldrick came into the Blades team to replace Billy Sharp in the only change to the winning lineup against Wolves as Sheffield went in search of their fourth successive home win.

Frank Lampard's visitors arrived in Yorkshire looking to cement their position in third place ahead of top-four rivals Leicester City and Manchester United's respective matches later in the weekend.

Chelsea's defence looked shaky throughout, and the Blades punished Mason Mount for giving the ball away in the 18th minute.

Oli McBurnie's deflected strike was saved brilliantly by Kepa Arrizabalaga, but McGoldrick was on hand to fire the rebound into the net from five yards.

The Republic of Ireland forward celebrated with a wry smile and an embrace with Irish teammate Enda Stevens.

The 32-year-old was Sheffield's player of the year last season, scoring 15 goals as Wilder's side won promotion to the Premier League but had endured a 34-match goal drought in the top flight.

Stevens then turned provider for Sheffield's second, marauding down the left flank and whipping in an inviting cross for McBurnie to plant a powerful header into the net at the near post in the 33rd minute.

Reece James stung the palms of Dean Henderson with a decent effort before the interval, but the hosts carried a two-goal cushion into the break.

Sheffield put the game beyond doubt in the 77th minute, capitalizing on some awful Chelsea defending to double his tally.

After turning smartly and playing in Lyn Mousset down the right channel, McGoldrick made his way into the box.

He was in the right place at the right time as Antonio Rudiger's shambolic clearance fell to the Irish forward favourably in the box.

McGoldrick swept a powerful finish past Kepa to make it 3-0, and the Blades held on to keep their European dreams alive.

Wilder's men are now sixth in the table after 35 matches, four points behind United having played a game more than the Red Devils.

"It means the world," McGoldrick told Sky Sports afterwards.

"I made my debut when I was 16 and still in school. Everyone's dream is to play in the Premier League, and I’ve made that dream this season. My second dream was to score.

"Two years ago I got released from Ipswich Town, I didn’t know where I was going to be. I got a trial at Sheffield United, then won promotion and Player of the Year, and now here I am, living my dream." 

Blades boss Chris Wilder was fulsome in his praise of the Irish international.

"One of the most popular players I've seen to pull on a Sheffield United shirt," he said.

"Everybody watching that from a distance tonight will be absolutely made up for Didzy."

Defeat for Chelsea means they will drop down to fifth in the table if Leicester and United win their respective games in hand later in the weekend.

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