Sheffield United extended their unbeaten run to eight with a convincing win over fellow strugglers Tranmere.

Jamie Murphy opened the scoring for the Blades from close range after Neill Collins flicked on Jose Baxter's corner.

Baxter made it 2-0 from a Chris Porter pass before Ryan Flynn sealed the win with a powerful shot.

Ash Taylor reduced the deficit but Rovers are now just one point above the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"We said that their strength would come from set-plays, but we gave away so many soft free-kicks. For the first goal, the defending was awful.

"Then I thought we grew in confidence as the game went on.

"With it 1-0 at half time, you're thinking you've still got a chance and we get done on the counter-attack for the two goals. We kept going, got ourselves a goal, but it wasn't to be."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 29 McMahon Booked
  • 06 Hill
  • 14 McGinn (Lappin - 75' )
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn (Cuvelier - 83' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 09 Porter
  • 11 Baxter (Coady - 70' )
  • 23 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 10 Taylor
  • 16 Cuvelier
  • 17 Coady
  • 19 Brandy
  • 22 Lappin
  • 32 Kennedy

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Holmes (Power - 44' )
  • 03 Horwood
  • 22 Koumas
  • 23 Ridehalgh
  • 04 Taylor
  • 25 Peterson
  • 14 Atkinson (Akpa Akpro - 61' Booked )
  • 09 Lowe
  • 18 Jennings Booked
  • 10 Robinson Booked (Kirby - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Rowe
  • 15 Kirby
  • 16 Stockton
  • 17 Power
  • 26 Akpa Akpro
  • 33 Mooney
Ref: David Webb
Att: 17,460

Match Stats

Shots

19 9

On target

11 2

Corners

9 3

Fouls

9 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Tranmere Rovers 1.

90:00 +5:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Tranmere Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:43

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:43

Foul by Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers).

90:00 +1:53

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

90:00 +1:53

Evan Horwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:01

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

90:00 +1:01

Foul by Kristoffer Peterson (Tranmere Rovers).

89:40

Attempt missed. Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

88:58

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Anthony McMahon.

87:54

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

87:19

Florent Cuvelier (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:19

Foul by Evan Horwood (Tranmere Rovers).

84:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 3, Tranmere Rovers 1. Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Koumas with a cross.

83:23

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

83:23

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:01

Attempt missed. Simon Lappin (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

82:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Florent Cuvelier replaces Ryan Flynn.

82:01

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

80:37

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:37

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

79:56

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

79:21

Attempt missed. Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

78:00 Booking

Booking Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

77:40

Foul by Simon Lappin (Sheffield United).

77:40

Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Simon Lappin replaces Stephen McGinn.

69:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Coady replaces Jose Baxter.

67:54

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

66:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 3, Tranmere Rovers 0. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Murphy with a cross.

65:14

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

64:42

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

63:59 Booking

Booking Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

63:50

Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:50

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Tranmere Rovers).

63:20

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:36

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

62:36

Evan Horwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jake Kirby replaces Andy Robinson.

60:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaces Chris Atkinson.

60:33

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

60:33

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:55

Attempt blocked. Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

59:16 Booking

Booking Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

59:00

Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:47

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

58:18

Attempt saved. Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

55:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Porter with a cross.

53:11

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

53:11

Foul by Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

51:20

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

51:20

Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:55 Booking

Booking Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

50:46

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

50:46

Foul by Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers).

48:59

Attempt missed. Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

47:12

Attempt missed. Andy Robinson (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the left.

46:23

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

45:32

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:32

Foul by Max Power (Tranmere Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +3:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:09

Attempt saved. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

44:39

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

44:04

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

44:04

Foul by Max Power (Tranmere Rovers).

43:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Max Power replaces Danny Holmes because of an injury.

43:07

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:07

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

41:47

Attempt missed. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

40:39

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

40:13

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

39:19

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

39:19

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

37:47

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:47

Foul by Chris Atkinson (Tranmere Rovers).

36:28

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

36:00

Attempt blocked. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

34:03

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

33:23

Foul by Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers).

33:23

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:41

Attempt saved. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

29:55

Attempt missed. Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

29:31

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

27:13

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Neill Collins.

26:48 Booking

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

25:39

Hand ball by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

24:25

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

22:24

Evan Horwood (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:24

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

19:09

Attempt blocked. Ryan Lowe (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

17:49

Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

17:27

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

17:27

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:02

Attempt saved. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:31

Foul by Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

15:31

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:25

Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

8:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

7:46

Attempt saved. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

6:45

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jason Koumas.

5:03

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

4:42

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

4:42

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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