Sheffield United moved two points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in second spot in League One with a thumping win over play-off chasing Notts County.

Stephen Quinn netted the opener after a neat turn, Ched Evans scored from a tight angle before Matt Lowton struck.

Neill Collins met Quinn's cross to make it 4-0 by the break but Notts replied through Alan Judge's free-kick.

Lee Williamson made it 5-1 but a Julian Kelly header closed the gap for Notts, who also had Neal Bishop sent off.

Despite their poor first-half display, the Magpies looked lively in the second half and Judge also forced a good save from Steve Simonsen with a long-range shot.

Jonathan Forte went close too but shot wide from inside the six-yard box.

It was a second defeat for the Magpies to Sheffield opposition in four days following their 2-1 home loss to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

The Blades remain nine points behind leaders Charlton, who beat Yeovil, but move two points clear of the Owls, who drew at home to Walsall.

Notts slip out of the League One play-off places to eighth and are now a point behind sixth-placed Carlisle.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Notts County manager Keith Curle told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Negativity courts company. Negative people surround themselves with negative people. I'm not like that. I will turn negative people into positive people around me.

"People are making similarities because we were 4-0 up against Charlton. Now there was a massive difference - we earned the right to be 4-0 up against Charlton, who are top of the table.

"Did Sheffield United earn the right to go 4-0 up? No. I think we gifted them goals. It's easy to make apologies for performances, I'm not going to do that. The players know they under-performed."

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"That was special - the first 45 minutes were absolutely outstanding.

"We've come here, (with) a bit of pressure from certain quarters, but that's how you answer people.

"You saw everything in our game today that we've been good at all season.

"The passing at times, the clinical finishing, the determination, everything that is involved in winning games was on show today."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Notts County

  • 17 Nelson
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 04 Edwards
  • 05 Pearce (Kelly - 67' )
  • 20 Freeman
  • 10 Bishop Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 11 J Hughes
  • 14 Judge
  • 32 Sam
  • 15 Forte (Adebola - 61' )
  • 22 Burgess (L Hughes - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Kelly
  • 06 Bencherif
  • 31 Mahon
  • 09 L Hughes
  • 30 Adebola

Sheffield Utd

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 02 Lowton
  • 15 Collins
  • 19 Maguire
  • 32 Hill
  • 08 Doyle
  • 14 Williamson Booked
  • 27 McDonald (Williams - 67' )
  • 28 Quinn
  • 09 Evans (Hoskins - 86' )
  • 17 Cresswell Booked (Beattie - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Howard
  • 26 Egan
  • 30 Williams
  • 07 Hoskins
  • 10 Beattie
Ref: Geoff Eltrigham
Att: 9,468

Match Stats

Shots

11 14

On target

6 13

Corners

1 8

Fouls

15 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:24 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:10

Jeff Hughes challenges Matthew Lowton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Harry Maguire takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:50

The ball is sent over by Marcus Williams, clearance made by Mike Edwards.

90:00 +0:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Julian Kelly - Notts Co 2 - 5 Sheff Utd Julian Kelly scores a headed goal from close range. Notts County 2-5 Sheff Utd.

90:00 +0:15

Foul by Harry Maguire on Dele Adebola, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Alan Sheehan,

88:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Williamson - Notts Co 1 - 5 Sheff Utd Lee Williamson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Notts County 1-5 Sheff Utd.

86:39

Will Hoskins takes a shot. Blocked by Julian Kelly.

85:01

Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

85:01 Substitution

Substitution Ched Evans goes off and Will Hoskins comes on.

85:01

The referee blows for offside against Ched Evans.

84:22

James Beattie concedes a free kick for a foul on Julian Kelly. Lloyd Sam takes the direct free kick.

83:40

Julian Kelly produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

83:06

A cross is delivered by Stephen Quinn, clearance by Julian Kelly.

82:37

Corner taken short by Lee Williamson.

82:01

Lee Williamson decides to take a short corner. Stephen Quinn sends in a cross, save by Stuart Nelson.

81:05

Dele Adebola challenges Matthew Hill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

79:38

Matthew Lowton takes the direct free kick.

79:38 Dismissal

Dismissal Neal Bishop receives a red card.

79:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Neal Bishop.

78:04

The offside flag is raised against Lee Hughes. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

76:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Judge - Notts Co 1 - 4 Sheff Utd Alan Judge finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Notts County 1-4 Sheff Utd.

75:47

Foul by Harry Maguire on Dele Adebola, free kick awarded.

74:31

Mike Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on James Beattie. Free kick taken by Matthew Hill.

72:28

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Alan Sheehan. Lloyd Sam is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

72:28 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with James Beattie coming on for Richard Cresswell.

72:28

Neal Bishop fouled by Michael Doyle, the ref awards a free kick.

71:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ched Evans on Lloyd Sam. Free kick taken by Alan Judge.

71:47

Lloyd Sam sends in a cross, clearance by Harry Maguire.

70:21

Richard Cresswell concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieron Freeman. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

69:42

Lee Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Harry Maguire. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

69:06

Alan Judge takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.

68:54

A cross is delivered by Julian Kelly, clearance made by Michael Doyle.

68:04

Jeff Hughes challenges Lee Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

64:04 Substitution

Substitution Julian Kelly on for Krystian Pearce.

64:04 Substitution

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

64:04

Kieron Freeman challenges Stephen Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ched Evans shoots direct from the free kick, save by Stuart Nelson. Stephen Quinn decides to take the corner short. Kevin McDonald produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

62:59

The ball is swung over by Lee Williamson, Neal Bishop makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Williamson, clearance made by Neal Bishop.

58:29 Substitution

Substitution (Notts County) makes a substitution, with Dele Adebola coming on for Jonathan Forte.

58:29 Substitution

Substitution Ben Burgess leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Hughes.

55:55

Michael Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Mike Edwards. Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson. Corner from the left by-line taken by Stephen Quinn, Ched Evans takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson. Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Quinn, save made by Stuart Nelson.

55:15

The ball is crossed by Jeff Hughes, Harry Maguire makes a clearance.

53:38

Jonathan Forte has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

53:07

The referee blows for offside against Richard Cresswell. Neal Bishop takes the free kick.

51:11

The ball is delivered by Lloyd Sam, save made by Steve Simonsen. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Simonsen by Jonathan Forte. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.

49:46

Kieron Freeman delivers the ball, Effort from deep inside the area by Jonathan Forte misses to the left of the target.

48:56

Ben Burgess is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Steve Simonsen takes the indirect free kick.

47:18

The referee blows for offside against Stephen Quinn. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

46:34

Alan Judge handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

45:21

Unfair challenge on Ched Evans by Krystian Pearce results in a free kick. Michael Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:10

Assist by Stephen Quinn.

45:00 +0:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Neill Collins - Notts Co 0 - 4 Sheff Utd Neill Collins scores a headed goal from close in. Notts County 0-4 Sheff Utd.

44:21

Stephen Quinn delivers the ball,

44:21 Booking

Booking Richard Cresswell shown a yellow card.

44:11 Booking

Booking Neal Bishop receives a caution.

42:54

The ball is swung over by Ched Evans, Krystian Pearce makes a clearance.

41:46

Alan Judge crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Kevin McDonald.

41:46 Booking

Booking Lee Williamson is shown a yellow card.

41:39

Foul by Lee Williamson on Alan Sheehan, free kick awarded.

40:53

Neal Bishop delivers the ball.

39:16

Ched Evans takes a shot. Stuart Nelson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Lee Williamson, save by Stuart Nelson.

37:51

Lee Williamson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Judge. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Alan Judge from left wing, clearance made by Matthew Lowton.

36:12

Alan Sheehan fouled by Richard Cresswell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mike Edwards.

35:42

A cross is delivered by Lloyd Sam.

35:24

The ball is swung over by Alan Judge, clearance by Matthew Hill.

34:35

Shot by Jonathan Forte from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

33:34

Alan Sheehan crosses the ball, Ben Burgess takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.

33:11

Unfair challenge on Lloyd Sam by Matthew Hill results in a free kick. Lloyd Sam takes the direct free kick.

31:04

The ball is delivered by Kieron Freeman, Matthew Hill manages to make a clearance.

29:41

Unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Ben Burgess results in a free kick. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

29:23

Ben Burgess takes a shot. Blocked by Harry Maguire.

28:55

Kieron Freeman fouled by Richard Cresswell, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

28:03

Foul by Richard Cresswell on Neal Bishop, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

27:31

Neal Bishop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell. Kevin McDonald takes the free kick.

26:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Lowton - Notts Co 0 - 3 Sheff Utd Matthew Lowton finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Notts County 0-3 Sheff Utd.

25:16

Handball by Krystian Pearce. Lee Williamson crosses the ball,

24:56

Jonathan Forte takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.

23:11

Richard Cresswell challenges Mike Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Krystian Pearce takes the free kick.

21:41

Assist on the goal came from Richard Cresswell.

21:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Ched Evans - Notts Co 0 - 2 Sheff Utd A goal is scored by Ched Evans from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Notts County 0-2 Sheff Utd.

21:04

Foul by Jeff Hughes on Kevin McDonald, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lee Williamson.

19:41

Jeff Hughes fouled by Matthew Lowton, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Sheehan restarts play with the free kick.

18:09

The ball is swung over by Kieron Freeman, Steve Simonsen makes a save.

15:55

Assist by Lee Williamson.

15:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephen Quinn - Notts Co 0 - 1 Sheff Utd Stephen Quinn fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Notts County 0-1 Sheff Utd.

15:44

Ched Evans sends in a cross, Mike Edwards makes a clearance.

15:03

Matthew Hill takes a shot. Lloyd Sam gets a block in.

12:38

Ched Evans takes a shot. Krystian Pearce gets a block in.

12:17

Foul by Neal Bishop on Stephen Quinn, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kevin McDonald.

11:40

Kevin McDonald challenges Alan Judge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Sheehan takes the free kick.

11:04

Alan Judge crosses the ball.

9:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Sheehan on Michael Doyle. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

9:11

Lloyd Sam delivers the ball, Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.

8:21

A cross is delivered by Alan Judge, clearance made by Neill Collins.

6:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Krystian Pearce on Richard Cresswell. Stephen Quinn crosses the ball in from the free kick, Foul by Richard Cresswell on Neal Bishop, free kick awarded. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

3:07

Alan Sheehan produces a cross, Strike from close range by Ben Burgess clears the bar.

2:31

Centre by Lloyd Sam, Matthew Hill makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan from the right by-line to the near post, Kevin McDonald makes a clearance.

0:27

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Forte. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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