West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller’s thumping second-half strike condemned Sheffield United to a 1-0 Premier League home defeat on Sunday that the side rooted to the bottom of the standings with a single point after nine games.

Though the visitor dominated possession in the opening 45 minutes, the Blades created several opportunities with striker Oliver McBurnie going closest with a header that forced a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski.

Its wasteful finishing was punished in the 56th minute as West Ham won the ball in midfield and worked it up to French-born Ivory Coast striker Haller, who drilled a thunderous shot into the top corner via the fingertips of Aaron Ramsdale.

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