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One game into the Premier League restart, and Sheffield United feel as if they've had a result taken away from them.

Looking to move on from a frustrating and disappointing contest in their return to action, the Blades visit Newcastle United on Sunday.

Sheffield United (11-11-7) traveled to Aston Villa in the first game out of the Premier League lockdown on Wednesday. It looked as if the Blades would leave with a full three points after it appeared, they scored, late in the first half, when Oliver Norwood's ball was caught by Villa keeper Orjan Nyland, who, because of his momentum, clearly took it with him over the goal line.

The referee did not call it a goal and it was not signaled a score by the Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology system, which reportedly had its view of the goal blocked by the players on the pitch. VAR was also not used to confirm, and the match ended in a scoreless draw.

It was a major blow to Sheffield, who seemed to have trouble with cohesion and offensive rhythm at times on Wednesday.

"It was a really strange afternoon and evening," Sheffield manager Chris Wilder said. "We're all going into the unknown."

That about sums it up for the players, coaches and staff within the Premier League during these unique and uncertain times around the globe. There will again be no fans in the stands Sunday, when the Blades, who sit sixth in the table and have their sights set on a European spot, look to extend their Premier League unbeaten streak to six games.

Sheffield also will also eye some revenge after falling 2-0 to Newcastle United at home on Dec. 5. Allan Saint-Maximin scored in the first half and Jonjo Shelvey added another in the second as Newcastle (9-8-12) pulled off the upset.

The Magpies, though, have won only four matches since that triumph. However, one of those victories came right before the lockdown. Saint-Maximin's goal in the 79th minute was Newcastle's first in five league games, and good enough for a 1-0 victory at Southampton on March 7.

That win ended a five-game league winless stretch for the club, and has the Magpies eager to return to the pitch this weekend. They are currently 13th in the table.

"You're itching to play a game - you can train so much, but there's nothing better than playing games," Shelvey, who leads the team with five Premier League goals, told Newcastle's official website.

"I just want to get back to playing, week in and week out. That feeling when you're waking up and you've got a game... You miss that."

Shelvey's most recent goal over any competition came on Dec. 8.

Updated June 19, 2020

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