Goals from Ryan Flynn, Chris Porter and Ched Evans gave promotion-chasing Sheffield United their eighth win in a row as they easily defeated Hartlepool.

Flynn put the Blades ahead with a low shot from 20 yards and Porter doubled the lead, heading in Flynn's cross.

Evans made it 3-0 before half-time with his 14th goal of the season, calmly finishing from Matthew Lowton's pass.

Peter Hartley scored with a low drive late on but Neale Cooper's second reign as Pools boss began with a defeat.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The first half was a fantastic performance. It was 45 minutes full of everything from our perspective.

"Good defending, great attacking play, exciting wing play and goals. To come together doesn't always happen but it did for the first 45 minutes."

"We're happy to be in second place but the goal is to still claw back Charlton's lead and top this division."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Utd

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 02 Lowton (Ertl - 55' )
  • 03 Lescinel
  • 15 Collins
  • 19 Maguire
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 Flynn
  • 14 Williamson
  • 27 McDonald (Montgomery - 80' )
  • 09 Evans
  • 21 Porter (Beattie - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Long
  • 06 Ertl
  • 04 Montgomery
  • 22 Philliskirk
  • 10 Beattie

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins (James - 66' )
  • 06 Horwood
  • 18 Baldwin Booked (Brown - 46' )
  • 29 Hartley Booked
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 04 Liddle
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray (Boyd - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Rafferty
  • 24 Solano
  • 33 James
  • 07 Brown
  • 10 Boyd
Ref: Sutton
Att: 20,372

Match Stats

Shots

12 12

On target

6 4

Corners

6 6

Fouls

4 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:31 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:25

Andy Monkhouse provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +2:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Hartley - Sheff Utd 3 - 1 Hartlepool Peter Hartley finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 3-1 Hartlepool.

90:00 +1:32

Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line played to the near post. Andy Monkhouse crosses the ball,

90:00 +1:00

The ball is swung over by Luke James, clearance made by Neill Collins.

87:28

Effort on goal by Luke James from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

87:01

James Brown takes a shot. Harry Maguire gets a block in.

84:26

A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Adam Boyd goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

81:33

Centre by Luke James, clearance by Neill Collins.

78:50 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Nick Montgomery coming on for Kevin McDonald.

78:50 Substitution

Substitution James Beattie comes on in place of Chris Porter.

77:52

Outswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the left by-line, Kevin McDonald manages to make a clearance.

77:13

Unfair challenge on James Brown by Neill Collins results in a free kick. Evan Horwood takes the direct free kick.

76:21

Outswinging corner taken by Lee Williamson from the right by-line, Neill Collins takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

76:12

A cross is delivered by Lecsinel Jean-Francois, Andy Monkhouse makes a clearance.

73:36

Johnny Ertl produces a cross, clearance by Peter Hartley.

71:01

Corner taken by Lee Williamson, Harry Maguire has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

70:33

Ched Evans takes a shot. Scott Flinders makes a save.

69:23

Neil Austin sends in a cross.

68:22

Evan Horwood delivers the ball, Close range shot by James Brown goes wide of the left-hand post.

67:54

James Brown crosses the ball, clearance by Neill Collins.

66:41

The ball is sent over by Ched Evans.

65:56

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood, Michael Doyle manages to make a clearance.

65:56 Substitution

Substitution Sam Collins leaves the field to be replaced by Luke James.

64:07

Gary Liddle takes a shot. Blocked by Harry Maguire.

61:28

The ball is delivered by Ched Evans, save by Scott Flinders. Outswinging corner taken by Lee Williamson, Ryan Flynn has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

60:27

Ched Evans handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Neil Austin takes the direct free kick.

59:32

The ball is swung over by Chris Porter.

58:25

The ball is delivered by Lecsinel Jean-Francois.

56:49

Adam Boyd delivers the ball, save made by Steve Simonsen.

55:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lecsinel Jean-Francois by Antony Sweeney. Direct free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

54:57 Substitution

Substitution Johnny Ertl joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Lowton.

54:27

Ryan Flynn takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

53:37

Effort on goal by Chris Porter from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

52:34

The ball is swung over by Neil Austin, Ritchie Humphreys takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.

51:50

The ball is swung over by Ryan Flynn, Evan Horwood manages to make a clearance.

49:50

Michael Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antony Sweeney. Evan Horwood has an effort direct from the free kick.

49:22

The ball is swung over by Lee Williamson, save made by Scott Flinders.

49:03

Lee Williamson fouled by Peter Hartley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

48:47

Centre by Evan Horwood, save made by Steve Simonsen.

48:30

Short corner worked by Evan Horwood.

48:00

Peter Hartley fouled by Chris Porter, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

47:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Monkhouse on Lecsinel Jean-Francois. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

46:59

Shot by Antony Sweeney. Kevin McDonald gets a block in.

45:22

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Evan Horwood, Steve Simonsen makes a save.

45:17

The ball is swung over by James Brown, blocked by Ryan Flynn.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with James Brown coming on for Jack Baldwin.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Adam Boyd joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Murray.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:39

The referee blows for offside against Kevin McDonald. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

44:27

Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood to the near post, clearance made by Kevin McDonald.

41:54

Matthew Lowton provided the assist for the goal.

41:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Ched Evans - Sheff Utd 3 - 0 Hartlepool Ched Evans finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 3-0 Hartlepool.

41:51

Matthew Lowton produces a cross,

39:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neill Collins on Andy Monkhouse. Neil Austin produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

37:37

Centre by Gary Liddle, Jack Baldwin takes a shot.

37:01

Shot from just outside the box by Michael Doyle goes over the bar.

35:38

Foul by Andy Monkhouse on Lecsinel Jean-Francois, free kick awarded. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

33:27

Assist by Ryan Flynn.

33:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Porter - Sheff Utd 2 - 0 Hartlepool Chris Porter finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Sheff Utd 2-0 Hartlepool.

33:16

A cross is delivered by Ryan Flynn,

30:34

The offside flag is raised against Chris Porter. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

29:40

Lee Williamson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Sam Collins.

29:40 Booking

Booking Jack Baldwin is cautioned.

29:19

Jack Baldwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald.

29:11

Harry Maguire crosses the ball, clearance by Peter Hartley.

28:22

The ball is crossed by Paul Murray, save by Steve Simonsen.

26:45

The ball is swung over by Lee Williamson, clearance made by Neil Austin.

26:34

Centre by Matthew Lowton, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance.

25:07

The referee blows for offside against Antony Sweeney. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

22:47

Long range shot by Ched Evans goes wide right of the goal.

20:51

Matthew Lowton crosses the ball, clearance by Peter Hartley.

18:14

Ched Evans has an effort direct from the free kick.

18:14 Booking

Booking Peter Hartley shown a yellow card.

17:52

Peter Hartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Ched Evans.

15:11

Chris Porter is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

12:49

Antony Sweeney delivers the ball, Gary Liddle produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

11:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Flynn - Sheff Utd 1 - 0 Hartlepool Ryan Flynn gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-0 Hartlepool.

5:40

The ball is swung over by Kevin McDonald, Paul Murray makes a clearance.

4:52

Unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn by Andy Monkhouse results in a free kick. Lecsinel Jean-Francois takes the free kick.

3:31

Ched Evans is ruled offside. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

3:11

Centre by Kevin McDonald, Gary Liddle makes a clearance.

2:41

Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Williamson, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance.

1:54

Lee Williamson delivers the ball, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Flynn, Scott Flinders manages to make a clearance.

1:15

The ball is delivered by Ched Evans, blocked by Peter Hartley. Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Williamson, clearance by Andy Monkhouse.

0:00

The match begins.

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