Sheffield United regained second spot in League One as Ched Evans converted a late penalty to beat 10-man Hartlepool.

Evans took his goal tally to 10 in eight matches when he scored from the spot after Sam Collins had fouled him.

Pools' Peter Hartley had nearly opened the scoring but his effort was cleared off the line by Matthew Lowton.

Hartlepool, who have now scored only one goal in six matches, had Hartley dismissed for a second bookable offence following a foul on Michael O'Halloran.

The Blades had dropped down to third earlier in the day following Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 win over Preston, but this win lifted United back above their city rivals.

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Hartlepool first-team coach Neale Cooper told BBC Tees:

"We were excellent today and it was one of our best performances against one of the teams going for automatic promotion. I feel really sorry for the players because we had a few chances.

"I can't ask for more than they gave and I was very proud of all the boys.

"The referee didn't give it (the penalty), the linesman gave it. I couldn't believe he gave it and we lost Peter Hartley, who was sent off for a second bookable offence. But if this group of boys give me that I can't ask for any more - they're a good bunch."

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I think that's arguably the worst pitch I've seen in a long time at Hartlepool and to try to play football at times was difficult.

"It certainly didn't help the fluency of the passing and then take into account the wind as well.

"So we had to change some parts of our game, (in particular) our approach play was different at times."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin
  • 05 Collins Booked
  • 06 Horwood
  • 29 Hartley Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 04 Liddle
  • 11 Monkhouse Booked
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 20 Murray (Boyd - 81' )
  • 33 James (Brown - 73' )
  • 35 Noble

Substitutes

  • 21 Rafferty
  • 18 Baldwin
  • 03 Humphreys
  • 07 Brown
  • 10 Boyd

Sheffield Utd

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 02 Lowton
  • 15 Collins Booked
  • 19 Maguire
  • 32 Hill
  • 08 Doyle
  • 14 Williamson
  • 27 McDonald
  • 28 Quinn (Williams - 90' )
  • 09 Evans
  • 17 Cresswell (O'Halloran - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Howard
  • 30 Williams
  • 07 Hoskins
  • 10 Beattie
  • 29 O'Halloran
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 5,825

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

6 5

Corners

4 3

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:37 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:13

Antony Sweeney has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

90:00 +0:59 Substitution

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

89:08

Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

89:08 Booking

Booking Sam Collins goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

88:57

Sam Collins challenges Ched Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick.

88:19

The ball is crossed by Michael O'Halloran, save made by Scott Flinders.

87:41

Harry Maguire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Noble. Free kick taken by Evan Horwood.

86:48

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Williamson played to the near post, clearance made by Adam Boyd.

86:02

Corner taken by Lee Williamson from the left by-line to the near post, Antony Sweeney makes a clearance.

84:48

A cross is delivered by Lee Williamson, Harry Maguire takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

84:48 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Peter Hartley.

84:25

Foul by Peter Hartley on Michael O'Halloran, free kick awarded.

83:21

Lee Williamson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

82:03

Evan Horwood challenges Lee Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Lowton takes the indirect free kick.

81:19

Adam Boyd produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

80:39 Substitution

Substitution Adam Boyd on for Paul Murray.

79:35

Centre by Andy Monkhouse, Stephen Quinn makes a clearance.

78:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Ched Evans - Hartlepool 0 - 1 Sheff Utd Placed penalty scored by Ched Evans. Hartlepool 0-1 Sheff Utd.

77:04

Sam Collins gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Ched Evans.

76:47

The ball is crossed by Matthew Lowton, clearance made by Sam Collins.

76:25

Centre by James Brown, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

74:46

Effort on goal by Michael O'Halloran from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

73:53

Evan Horwood produces a cross, Antony Sweeney takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.

72:16 Substitution

Substitution Michael O'Halloran on for Richard Cresswell.

72:16 Substitution

Substitution James Brown replaces Luke James.

72:16

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Williamson. Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

70:56

Shot by Ched Evans from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

67:11

Richard Cresswell takes a shot. Save by Scott Flinders.

66:56

Shot from 18 yards from Ryan Noble. Blocked by Harry Maguire.

66:12

A cross is delivered by Matthew Lowton.

63:58

Corner taken by Evan Horwood, Peter Hartley takes a shot. Clearance by Matthew Lowton.

63:41

Shot by Ryan Noble. Steve Simonsen makes a save.

62:25

Long range shot from Ched Evans misses to the left of the goal.

59:57

Kevin McDonald fouled by Gary Liddle, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin McDonald.

57:18

Drilled right-footed shot by Lee Williamson. Blocked by Peter Hartley.

56:13

Lee Williamson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Scott Flinders makes a save.

55:54

The ball is sent over by Lee Williamson, drilled left-footed shot by Stephen Quinn. Blocked by Neil Austin.

55:03

Gary Liddle delivers the ball, Andy Monkhouse takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Steve Simonsen.

54:01

Shot by Ched Evans. Scott Flinders makes a save.

52:34

Ched Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Murray. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Austin.

49:57

Lee Williamson restarts play with the free kick.

49:57 Booking

Booking The referee books Peter Hartley for unsporting behaviour.

49:47

Peter Hartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Cresswell.

49:01

The ball is crossed by Evan Horwood, Matthew Hill makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Evan Horwood from the right by-line played to the near post, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

46:34

A cross is delivered by Andy Monkhouse, clearance made by Neill Collins.

45:28

Foul by Gary Liddle on Michael Doyle, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:26 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

44:06

Richard Cresswell delivers the ball.

42:27

A cross is delivered by Evan Horwood, Stephen Quinn makes a clearance.

40:09

Matthew Lowton restarts play with the free kick.

40:09 Booking

Booking Booking for Andy Monkhouse for unsporting behaviour.

39:56

Foul by Andy Monkhouse on Lee Williamson, free kick awarded.

39:03

Free kick crossed left-footed by Evan Horwood, Harry Maguire makes a clearance.

39:03 Booking

Booking Neill Collins receives a caution.

38:53

Ryan Noble fouled by Neill Collins, the ref awards a free kick.

38:04

Ryan Noble is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

37:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Monkhouse by Lee Williamson. Evan Horwood takes the free kick.

33:57

Matthew Hill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Austin. Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.

32:28

Close range shot by Richard Cresswell misses to the left of the goal.

29:25

Centre by Neil Austin, Neill Collins makes a clearance.

26:49

Centre by Evan Horwood, Matthew Hill manages to make a clearance.

26:40

Luke James delivers the ball, clearance made by Matthew Lowton.

23:54

Ched Evans has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

23:10

Foul by Gary Liddle on Matthew Lowton, free kick awarded. Harry Maguire takes the indirect free kick.

20:57

Ryan Noble produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

19:04

The ball is crossed by Neil Austin, clearance by Matthew Lowton.

18:22

Antony Sweeney fouled by Lee Williamson, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

17:12

Ched Evans is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

16:18

Richard Cresswell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Evan Horwood. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

14:52

Corner taken by Evan Horwood played to the near post, clearance made by Harry Maguire.

14:32

The ball is swung over by Evan Horwood, clearance by Stephen Quinn.

13:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Quinn on Neil Austin. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

11:26

The ball is crossed by Luke James, clearance by Matthew Hill.

10:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Hill on Luke James. Free kick crossed left-footed by Evan Horwood, Matthew Hill makes a clearance.

9:20

Centre by Neil Austin, clearance by Matthew Lowton.

7:23

Foul by Michael Doyle on Luke James, free kick awarded. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

6:27

Shot by Ryan Noble from 12 yards. Blocked by Matthew Hill. Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood to the near post, clearance by Harry Maguire.

5:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Liddle by Michael Doyle. Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.

1:38

Stephen Quinn is caught offside. Scott Flinders takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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