Sheffield United’s miserable season was capped off after relegation was finally confirmed following a 0-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
The lowest Blades will play in the Sky Bet Championship next season after second-half winner Willian Jose.
Under interim manager Paul Heckingbottom, Sheffield United are 19 points behind safety with six games to go and have won just four times all season.
The Blades have lost 26 of their 32 games, having finished ninth last season, after their two-year stint in the Premier League.
They rarely seemed to win a stay of execution, although Rui Patricio refused Enda Stevens.
The mid-table Wolves also struggled to find serious momentum in a forgettable game, but Oliver Norwood led Willy Boly’s lucky first-half effort off the line.
Newcastle United’s late victory over West Ham earlier in the day had forced Sheffield United to avoid defeat to delay their inevitable return to second place.
There was little intensity from the visitors in a lackluster first half, however, and Wolves moved closer to a game opener after 21 minutes.
Rayan Ait-Nouri’s corner was knocked down by the release of Jose and John Egan who ricocheted off Boly’s heel to loop towards the goal.
But a combination of Norwood and the crossbar kept the ball from coming out.
Daniel Podence’s half volley flew over after half an hour, but the wolves – firmly stuck in the middle of the table – failed to convince they would break the monotony.
The biggest flash point came nine minutes before the break when Ait-Nouri had the chance to avoid a red card.
The defender landed on Rhian Brewster’s ankle trying to protect the ball but VAR didn’t intervene and it was Brewster who was booked for the challenge.
The game snaked into the break and there was nothing to suggest the score would change on a low-key start to the second half.
Still, belatedly, Sheffield United spoke of their first chance of the game after 59 minutes – only for it to lead to the Wolves winner.
Brewster’s low cross found the Stevens unmarked and his low shot was blocked by Nelson Semedo.
Immediately, the Wolves broke with Semedo and Podence combining to dismiss Traore.
He then passed Egan for Jose to sweep his first Wolves goal six yards away.
Stevens’ quick turn and shot forced a good save from Rui Patricio as Sheffield United woke up, but it was too late.
Aaron Ramsdale refused Romain Saiss to go point blank with seven minutes remaining.
Fabio Silva then shot straight at the goalkeeper and Traore cut wide at the break as time passed for Sheffield United’s top-level stay. (Dpa / NAN)
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