Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp has admitted that he was thinking 'this is a good night' ten minutes before Aston Villa staged a remarkable comeback during their 3-3 draw on Friday night.
The 33-year-old netted a hat-trick at Villa Park inside the first hour of their Championship fixture, with many assuming that the game was done and dusted.
But despite being 3-0 down with 10 minutes left on the clock, the home side scored three goals in the final eight minutes, including a stoppage-time equaliser by Andre Green to snatch the unlikeliest of points.
Striker Sharp, who was substituted prior to Villa's comeback, expressed how he felt after the match and what he was thinking before his team let their lead slip.
"We were all gutted at the final whistle," said Sharp, as quoted by the Star. "To be 3-0 up with ten minutes to go, you are thinking, ‘This is a good night’. It really hurt because we had thrown it away. I still can’t tell you how we came off the pitch without all three points.
"Our squad is why we can come to Villa Park and score three goals, We have a lot of good players and we are a good team."
Sharp opened the scoring early in the first half before he netted a controversial second after the break; replays showed that he kicked the ball out of the hands of Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.
The Yorkshire outfit then scored a well-deserved third when Kieran Dowell found space on the right-hand side to cross the ball in for Sharp to head into an empty net with just under 30 minutes still left on the clock.
As the game headed into the final 10 minutes, Tyrone Mings headed in from a corner before Tammy Abraham started to make his side believe on the 86th minute.
There was five minutes of stoppage time awarded and substitute Green headed into the near corner to send the home crowd into utter disbelief and jubilation.