Ched Evans set Sheffield United on their way as they beat Bournemouth to move back into the League One automatic promotion places.

Evans volleyed in Matthew Lowton's cross to bag his 32nd goal of the season in all competitions.

Richard Creswell doubled the advantage when he squeezed the ball over the line after a goal-mouth scramble.

Zavon Hines nicked the ball off keeper Steve Simonsen as he attempted to clear and slotted into the empty net for 2-1.

United players protested furiously, but after consulting his assistant, referee Andy Woolmer gave the goal.

After Sheffield Wednesday beat Huddersfield 2-0 earlier on Saturday to temporarily leapfrog over the Blades, United moved back above their rivals into second place with the win.

Defeat means that the Cherries have now gone four games without victory, and have won just once in 11 games.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought, up until the goal that they scored, we completely commanded the game.

"We were in control, then we gave a fluke of a goal away and it just gave them the bit of impetus that they needed.

"I think at this stage of the season those types of performances are vital and you have to dig in.

"Overall the three points is paramount and we've got it."

Bournemouth caretaker manager Paul Groves tells BBC Radio Solent:

"I think when you consider how much we backed them up in the second half and the half chances that we had then you will come away disappointed.

"I don't think Zavon knew too much about it really, he was trying to get back into a good area, the goakeeper's not aware of him and has ended up throwing it against Zavon. It was fortunate but I thought for our 45 minutes' play in the scond half we deserved it.

"It takes a good while to put things in place where the players are comfortable and confident in what they are trying to do."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield United

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 02 Lowton
  • 15 Collins
  • 19 Maguire
  • 32 Hill
  • 08 Doyle
  • 14 Williamson
  • 27 McDonald
  • 28 Quinn (Flynn - 82' )
  • 09 Evans
  • 17 Cresswell (O'Halloran - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Howard
  • 30 Williams
  • 11 Flynn
  • 21 Porter
  • 29 O'Halloran

AFC Bournemouth

  • 23 Flahavan
  • 03 Cook
  • 18 Francis
  • 22 Malone
  • 34 Addison
  • 04 Cooper
  • 07 Pugh (McDermott - 56' )
  • 08 Arter Booked (Fogden - 46' )
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 09 Thomas
  • 30 Hines (Taylor - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 40 Zubar
  • 12 Fogden
  • 15 Gregory
  • 32 McDermott
  • 14 Taylor
Ref: Woolmer
Att: 18,817

Match Stats

Shots

14 13

On target

7 5

Corners

7 4

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:36

Effort on goal by Ched Evans from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +1:35

Donal McDermott takes the inswinging corner, Steve Cook produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

90:00 +0:41

Michael Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Fogden. Scott Malone produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

89:23

Shot by Scott Malone from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

88:43

Ched Evans takes a shot. Save by Darryl Flahavan.

85:57

Effort on goal by Wesley Thomas from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

83:08

A cross is delivered by Matthew Lowton, Darryl Flahavan makes a save.

81:33

Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

81:33 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Flynn is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Quinn.

81:33

Scott Malone challenges Lee Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

81:26

Scott Malone delivers the ball, Matthew Lowton gets a block in.

80:59

Ched Evans is caught offside. Scott Malone restarts play with the free kick.

79:45

Donal McDermott takes a shot. Matthew Hill gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Donal McDermott, clearance by Neill Collins.

78:36

Simon Francis crosses the ball, Effort from inside the area by Lyle Taylor misses to the left of the goal.

75:55 Substitution

Substitution Lyle Taylor on for Zavon Hines.

75:04

Michael O'Halloran takes a shot. Scott Malone gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Williamson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Wesley Thomas.

74:11

Donal McDermott takes a shot. Blocked by Harry Maguire. Corner taken left-footed by Donal McDermott.

73:11

Kevin McDonald sends in a cross, save by Darryl Flahavan.

70:46

Donal McDermott produces a cross, Matthew Hill gets a block in.

69:03

Corner taken by Lee Williamson from the right by-line, Ched Evans takes a shot. Clearance made by Wes Fogden.

68:55

The ball is crossed by Matthew Lowton, clearance by Miles Addison.

66:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Zavon Hines - Sheff Utd 2 - 1 Bournem'th Zavon Hines gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-1 Bournemouth.

65:08

Miles Addison concedes a free kick for a foul on Ched Evans. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

63:50

Matthew Hill fouled by Wesley Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

62:54

Effort from the edge of the box by Donal McDermott goes wide of the left-hand post.

59:56

The ball is sent over by Matthew Lowton, Steve Cook gets a block in.

59:00

Harry Maguire has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

58:31

Short corner worked by Stephen Quinn.

58:11

Lee Williamson sends in a cross, Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Simon Francis.

57:05 Substitution

Substitution Michael O'Halloran is brought on as a substitute for Richard Cresswell.

56:50

Effort on goal by Scott Malone from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

55:21 Substitution

Substitution Donal McDermott comes on in place of Marc Pugh.

53:10

Simon Francis produces a cross, clearance made by Matthew Hill.

52:48

Centre by Simon Francis, Lee Williamson makes a clearance.

51:51

Matthew Lowton challenges Zavon Hines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Malone.

51:12

Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Steve Cook gets a block in. Short corner taken by Stephen Quinn, Lee Williamson crosses the ball, Miles Addison makes a clearance.

49:04

Assist by Ched Evans.

49:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Richard Cresswell - Sheff Utd 2 - 0 Bournem'th A goal is scored by Richard Cresswell from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-0 Bournemouth.

48:58

The ball is delivered by Ched Evans,

46:25

Outswinging corner taken by Marc Pugh from the right by-line, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

46:16

Simon Francis crosses the ball, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Wes Fogden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Harry Arter.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:36

A cross is delivered by Ched Evans, clearance by Miles Addison.

42:02

Zavon Hines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

41:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Williamson on Scott Malone. Darryl Flahavan takes the free kick.

40:12

Shot by Lee Williamson. Miles Addison gets a block in.

39:35

Unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald by Harry Arter results in a free kick. Stephen Quinn takes the free kick.

38:32

Wesley Thomas challenges Matthew Hill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

36:21

Shot by Lee Williamson. Save made by Darryl Flahavan.

35:43

Corner taken short by Lee Williamson, A cross is delivered by Stephen Quinn, Miles Addison manages to make a clearance.

34:55

The referee penalises Harry Arter for handball. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

33:54

Assist on the goal came from Richard Cresswell.

33:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Ched Evans - Sheff Utd 1 - 0 Bournem'th Ched Evans finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-0 Bournemouth.

33:33

A cross is delivered by Matthew Lowton.

33:19

The ball is sent over by Ched Evans, blocked by Scott Malone.

32:57

Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.

32:57 Booking

Booking The referee shows Harry Arter a yellow card.

32:27

Harry Arter handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

31:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Cooper on Michael Doyle. Michael Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

30:08

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Darryl Flahavan.

29:58

Marc Pugh sends in a cross, Harry Maguire manages to make a clearance.

29:37

Foul by Harry Maguire on Wesley Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Malone.

29:23

Richard Cresswell is caught offside. Simon Francis takes the indirect free kick.

28:08

The ball is crossed by Marc Pugh.

25:47

Foul by Matthew Hill on Harry Arter, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darryl Flahavan.

25:30

The ball is delivered by Ched Evans.

25:19

Lee Williamson delivers the ball, clearance by Steve Cook.

24:15

Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun MacDonald. Steve Cook takes the free kick.

23:58

Unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald by Zavon Hines results in a free kick. Harry Maguire takes the free kick.

23:18

Michael Doyle challenges Zavon Hines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marc Pugh has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Zavon Hines.

18:23

Foul by Michael Doyle on Zavon Hines, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Malone.

17:55

Lee Williamson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Miles Addison.

17:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Cook on Richard Cresswell. Lee Williamson restarts play with the free kick.

16:51

Michael Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Arter. Simon Francis takes the direct free kick.

16:09

Kevin McDonald takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

14:47

Zavon Hines has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

12:24

Kevin McDonald takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.

9:28

Outswinging corner taken by Lee Williamson, Neill Collins takes a shot. Blocked by Miles Addison.

9:20

Matthew Lowton delivers the ball, blocked by Marc Pugh.

7:56

The ball is sent over by Harry Arter.

7:03

Foul by Kevin McDonald on Shaun MacDonald, free kick awarded. Darryl Flahavan takes the free kick.

6:10

Stephen Quinn crosses the ball.

5:34

Unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by Wesley Thomas results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.

2:55

Michael Doyle produces a cross.

2:44

The ball is crossed by Stephen Quinn.

1:40

Wesley Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.

0:40

Richard Cresswell is ruled offside. Darryl Flahavan takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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