Tony McMahon scored two direct free-kicks as Sheffield United beat Crawley Town to move top of League One.

The defender opened the scoring in the first half after Joe Walsh had fouled Shaun Miller, before Nick Blackman had a shot saved by home keeper Paul Jones.

But McMahon made it 2-0 with a stunning strike from 30 yards out.

Crawley, who have now only won once in nine league matches, had opportunities but Hope Akpan was denied by George Long and Nicky Adams headed wide.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"We probably didn't create as much as we would've liked with the amount of possession we had.

"But we arguably had the better chances and didn't make their goalkeeper work enough. I thought the way we played was excellent and I can't fault the players.

"They are a difficult side to break down and that's why they are where they are at the top of the league."

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The fans were absolutely brilliant, especially to come on a day like this when everyone was expecting the game to be off.

"That in itself was an inspiration to us and we've had a solid performance to go with it.

"We defended brilliantly throughout the game and we've had two terrific goals from two set plays. I thought we were virtually in control for much of the game."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Connolly
  • 12 Walsh Booked
  • 13 Hunt Booked (Ajose - 84' )
  • 06 Akpan
  • 11 Simpson
  • 15 Bulman (Clarke - 67' )
  • 16 Adams
  • 21 Jones
  • 09 Alexander (Akinde - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kuipers
  • 28 Davis
  • 07 Clarke
  • 08 Torres
  • 10 Clifford
  • 14 Ajose
  • 17 Akinde

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 05 Maguire
  • 06 Hill Booked
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 McDonald
  • 10 Blackman (Williams - 90' )
  • 12 Miller Booked (Cofie - 81' )
  • 14 Kitson (Ironside - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Westlake
  • 30 Williams
  • 16 McAllister
  • 26 McFadzean
  • 35 Coyne
  • 19 Cofie
  • 24 Ironside
Ref: Ward
Att: 4,604

Match Stats

Shots

7 7

On target

3 5

Corners

2 2

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:30 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:06 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Williams on for Nick Blackman.

90:00 +0:55

Neill Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on John Akinde. Nicky Adams restarts play with the free kick.

87:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nick Blackman played to the near post, Josh Simpson makes a clearance.

86:45

Foul by Joe Ironside on Mark Connolly, free kick awarded. Mark Connolly restarts play with the free kick.

85:40

Hope Akpan takes a shot. Harry Maguire gets a block in. Unfair challenge on Mark Connolly by John Cofie results in a free kick. Nicky Adams takes the direct free kick.

82:10 Substitution

Substitution David Hunt goes off and Nick Ajose comes on.

82:10

Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon. Shot by Tony McMahon from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

82:10 Booking

Booking David Hunt is given a yellow card.

81:59

Ryan Flynn fouled by David Hunt, the ref awards a free kick.

81:11

Handball decision goes against Michael Doyle. Free kick taken by David Hunt.

80:21 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Miller goes off and John Cofie comes on.

79:38

Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

79:16

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Doyle.

77:53

Joe Ironside gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hunt. David Hunt takes the direct free kick.

73:57 Substitution

Substitution John Akinde comes on in place of Gary Alexander.

71:03

Joe Ironside provided the assist for the goal.

71:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Tony McMahon - Crawley 0 - 2 Sheff Utd A goal is scored by Tony McMahon from 30 yards to the top right corner of the goal. Crawley Town 0-2 Sheff Utd.

70:25

Unfair challenge on Joe Ironside by Joe Walsh results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

69:38

Unfair challenge on Joe Ironside by Mark Connolly results in a free kick. Matthew Hill takes the free kick.

68:37 Substitution

Substitution Joe Ironside replaces Dave Kitson.

67:16

Unfair challenge on Mark Connolly by Matthew Hill results in a free kick. David Hunt restarts play with the free kick.

66:40 Substitution

Substitution Billy Clarke joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dannie Bulman.

63:42

David Hunt challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Hill takes the free kick.

61:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony McMahon on Gary Alexander. Free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

59:23

Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

59:23 Booking

Booking Shaun Miller receives a caution.

59:17

Shaun Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Connolly.

57:37

Hope Akpan takes a shot. Save by George Long.

56:09

The offside flag is raised against Shaun Miller. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

54:38

Nicky Adams takes a outswinging corner to the near post.

53:56

Nick Blackman takes a shot. Save made by Paul Jones. Nick Blackman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dannie Bulman. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

51:57

Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

51:57 Booking

Booking Booking for Joe Walsh for unsporting behaviour.

51:45

Joe Walsh concedes a free kick for a foul on Dave Kitson.

50:06

Matthew Hill concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Connolly. Dannie Bulman restarts play with the free kick.

49:28

Shot from long distance by Mike Jones goes wide of the left-hand post.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

43:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams, Kevin McDonald makes a clearance.

41:44

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by George Long.

38:48

Mark Connolly takes a shot.

35:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Alexander on Neill Collins. George Long takes the free kick.

34:36

Josh Simpson fouled by Shaun Miller, the ref awards a free kick. David Hunt takes the free kick.

33:56

Headed effort from the edge of the area by Nicky Adams goes wide of the right-hand post.

31:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McDonald on Hope Akpan. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

30:55

Mike Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Blackman. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

28:54

Assist on the goal came from Shaun Miller.

28:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Tony McMahon - Crawley 0 - 1 Sheff Utd Tony McMahon grabs a goal direct from the free kick from long distance to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crawley Town 0-1 Sheff Utd.

27:40

Foul by Joe Walsh on Shaun Miller, free kick awarded.

21:11

Shaun Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Connolly. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

19:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Miller on Mark Connolly. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

16:34

Free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

16:34 Booking

Booking Matthew Hill is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

16:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Hill on David Hunt.

15:04

Effort on goal by Gary Alexander from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

12:53

Nicky Adams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Hill. Free kick taken by Matthew Hill.

11:06

Dave Kitson takes a shot. Blocked by David Hunt. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kevin McDonald, Shot by Harry Maguire from outside the box goes high over the target.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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