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Paul Heckingbottom in a world of pain as patience and hope drains away at struggling Sheffield United

Where defensive statistics were once a source of great pride for Paul Heckingbottom, this season’s numbers are the kind that will be keeping the Sheffield United boss up at night.

His side have already shipped 34 goals this season meaning the second-best defence in the Championship last season has quickly become the most porous in the top flight this season.

Only two sides in Premier League history have ever conceded more goals after 13 games than the Blades. Conceding another three in a 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday did little to help that.