Woeful Sheffield United relegated from EPL

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Sheffield United's miserable Premier League season has been capped with relegation finally confirmed following a 1-0 defeat at Wolves.

The rock-bottom Blades will play in the Championship next term after Willian Jose's second-half winner.

The writing had been on the wall for months as the side had the worst start to the season of any club in the history of the English top flight.

Under caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom, United have just 14 points with six games remaining.

Having finished ninth last term, they have won just four times and lost 26 times in 32 games and their two-year stay in the Premier League will be over when their season ends.

They rarely looked like earning a stay of execution, although Enda Stevens was denied by Rui Patricio.

Mid-table Wolves also struggled to find serious momentum in a forgettable game.

Belatedly, United did conjure their first chance of the game after 59 minutes - only for it to lead to Wolves' winner.

An unmarked Enda Stevens' low strike was blocked by Nelson Semedo.

Immediately Wolves broke, sending Adama Traore away. He breezed past John Egan for Jose to sweep in the game's only goal from six yards.

Earlier, Newcastle took a big step towards Premier League safety with a 3-2 win over 10-man West Ham, after first-half blunders ensured the visitors missed a chance to solidify their top-four spot.

Joe Willock came off the bench to be the hero again, heading in the winner just minutes after the Hammers had equalised through Jesse Lingard's penalty at St James' Park.

West Ham fell behind through Issa Diop's own-goal in the 36th minute with Craig Dawson subsequently being sent off for a second bookable offence that occurred in the buildup.

A Joelinton tap-in made it 2-0 five minutes later when goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski fumbled an easy catch off a corner kick.

Diop's header in the 73rd minute cut the lead before Lingard, on loan from Manchester United, tied the match seven minutes later from the spot - his ninth goal in 10 games.

But the 21-year-old Willock's goal lifted Newcastle to 15th place, nine points above the relegation zone with six games remaining.

On loan from Arsenal, Willock also scored a late equaliser against Tottenham on April 4.

West Ham were looking for a third consecutive win but now their hold on fourth place - the final Champions League spot - is under threat.

The Hammers are just a point in front of Chelsea - they face each other next Saturday - and three points ahead of Liverpool. Those big-name clubs also have a game in hand.

"I wouldn't say it was a chance lost, it was an opportunity for us to pick up three points," West Ham manager David Moyes said. "We like talking about the Champions League, we love the sound of that when everybody says it, but we're realistic."