Cork duo John Egan and Conor Hourihane give Sheffield United a sharp edge

3-1 win away to Hull makes it five games unbeaten for the Blades
Cork duo John Egan and Conor Hourihane give Sheffield United a sharp edge

Sheffield United's John Egan celebrates scoring their side's third goal away to Hull. Picture: Isaac Parkin/PA Wire.

THE CORK connection gave Sheffield United a crucial victory over Hull in the Championship.

Bandon's Conor Hourihane had two assists from two corners as Bishopstown's John Egan headed in two goals in a 3-1 win on the road.

Manager Slavisa Jokanovic feels Sheffield United are still a work in progress, despite seeing their promising run of form continue.

Having made such a dreadful start to the Championship campaign following relegation from the Premier League, the Blades are now unbeaten in five games.

Jokanovic said: "I am satisfied with the performance and the three points, but it's not enough.

"We have scored 11 goals (in three games), but we need to improve on a lot of things.

"I was missing a little bit of our killing spirit. A lot of times we had space and we were in the situations to try to be a bit more dangerous.

"If we want to fight for the target, we need to grow up. We made some positive steps but it's not enough.

"It's important for us to make things even better.

"We cannot stop and think that we are in a good moment. We still need to fix some defensive problems."

Sheffield United were good value for three points in a one-sided Yorkshire derby.

Hull began brightly, but the visitors took control after 17 minutes when Billy Sharp scored with an easy header on his 300th appearance for the club.

Sharp missed a penalty later in the first half, Matt Ingram saving well to his right, but it was of little consequence once United kicked on after the restart.

Egan weighed in with a header from Hourihane's dangerous 50th-minute corner to give his side breathing space.

Sheffield United's Conor Hourihane celebrates after John Egan scores. Picture: Isaac Parkin/PA Wire.
Sheffield United's Conor Hourihane celebrates after John Egan scores. Picture: Isaac Parkin/PA Wire.

With Hull having lost their focus, Egan put the game to bed after 61 minutes when he expertly headed home another Hourihane set-piece.

The hosts scored a consolation - their first league goal since the opening day of the season - as Keane Lewis-Potter converted Tyler Smith's cross after 74 minutes.

Hull improved thereafter but never looked like staging a dramatic recovery.

Jokanovic said: "I want to mark my territory. We won, got three points and scored the goals, so it's easier for my team to follow the process.

"I believe we have a good group of football players - I like my people.

"We showed some signals we are moving in a good direction, but we need to be ready for the serious work and to push hard.

"At the moment we are at half-speed. We can be more brave and have more killer instinct."

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