Sheffield United boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation with a vital win against Swindon at Bramall Lane.

Jose Baxter got the all-important goal - his second in a week - nodding home Ryan Flynn's flick-on midway through the second half.

Baxter was earlier denied by Wes Foderingham in the Robins' goal, while Chris Porter's shot hit a post.

For Swindon, Nicky Ajose drew a smart save from George Long before he teed up Ryan Mason who was also denied by Long.

The victory takes Sheffield United two points clear of the bottom four and stretched their unbeaten record to four matches.

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Our performance was good in parts. We just wanted the lads to be a little positive.

"I thought we started the game well, lost our way at the end of the first half but came out in the second half very positive and deserved the win.

"It was a very good goal. It might have looked scrappy but it was a great header to get it back across the goalkeeper from where he was.

"We should've done more to go and get the second goal."

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"We spoke at half-time about making sure we started the second-half well and we didn't for some reason.

"Our better players kept giving the ball away and we gave a little bit of momentum to Sheffield United.

"I felt we didn't look as though we were ever going to concede a goal, but we didn't look as though we were going to score a goal.

"We're trying to find a balance away from home between attacking and making sure we stay in games."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 29 McMahon Booked
  • 04 White (Hill - 78' )
  • 08 Doyle Booked
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn
  • 17 Coady
  • 09 Porter (Miller - 85' )
  • 11 Baxter
  • 23 Murphy (Brandy - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 06 Hill
  • 10 Taylor
  • 12 Miller
  • 16 Cuvelier
  • 19 Brandy
  • 22 Lappin

Swindon Town

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 02 Thompson Booked (Byrne - 53' Booked )
  • 14 McEveley
  • 08 Mason
  • 05 Hall
  • 22 Ward
  • 04 Luongo
  • 15 Kasim (Harley - 70' )
  • 33 Ajose
  • 11 Pritchard
  • 19 Thompson (N'Guessan - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Byrne
  • 07 Harley
  • 12 N'Guessan
  • 25 Belford
  • 29 Branco
  • 34 El-Gabbas
  • 39 Gladwin
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 15,430

Match Stats

Shots

5 5

On target

3 3

Corners

7 3

Fouls

12 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Swindon Town 0.

90:00 +4:45 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Swindon Town 0.

90:00 +4:32

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

90:00 +4:12

Hand ball by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

90:00 +3:21

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

90:00 +3:21

Ryan Mason (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:43 Booking

Booking Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:32

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Grant Hall.

87:44

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

86:36

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

84:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Shaun Miller replaces Chris Porter.

80:51

Attempt missed. Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

77:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Matthew Hill replaces Aidan White.

76:12

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

76:12

James McEveley (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Dany N'Guessan replaces Louis Thompson.

71:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Febian Brandy replaces Jamie Murphy.

70:11

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Anthony McMahon.

69:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Ryan Harley replaces Yaser Kasim.

69:25 Booking

Booking Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

69:09

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

69:09

Ryan Mason (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Swindon Town 0. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Flynn.

63:11

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James McEveley.

58:30

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Darren Ward.

52:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Nathan Byrne replaces Nathan Thompson.

51:33

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range.

51:16

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

50:52

Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

49:31

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

49:31

Nicholas Ajose (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Swindon Town 0.

45:00 +2:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Swindon Town 0.

45:00 +2:47

Attempt missed. Grant Hall (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

45:00 +2:04

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Aidan White.

45:00 +0:56 Booking

Booking Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:41

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

45:00 +0:41

Ryan Mason (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:30

Attempt saved. Ryan Mason (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

39:13

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

39:13

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:36

Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:36

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

37:55

Attempt saved. Nicholas Ajose (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

35:10

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Louis Thompson.

33:53

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Louis Thompson.

32:47

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

32:47

Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:17

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:17

Foul by Ryan Mason (Swindon Town).

30:00

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:55

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

29:27 Booking

Booking Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

29:00

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:59

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town).

23:57

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

23:57

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:32

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United).

18:32

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:17

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town).

16:17

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:03

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town).

16:03

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:28

Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

14:28

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:29

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Louis Thompson.

11:36

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:36

Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

9:27

Attempt saved. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

7:02

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

7:02

Aidan White (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:18

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

3:18

Ryan Mason (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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