Sheffield United leapfrogged Shrewsbury in the League One relegation zone thanks to their first win in five league matches.

Ryan Flynn fired home after latching on to Stefan Scougall's cross to put the Blades ahead after 11 minutes.

Scougall then doubled the advantage when his bouncing shot from 20 yards evaded goalkeeper Chris Weale.

Jon Taylor was off target for the visitors with only Mark Howard to beat, while Tom Eaves' low strike went wide.

The Blades moved up to 21st in the table and are now one point from safety. They have at least one game in hand on four of the fives sides directly above them.

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Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

'It was a big win for us. Not spectacular, not sparkling at times but very professional. We got the goals early on and looked after it.

"When you've had such a game as we had with extra time on Tuesday, you never know how long you're going to last into the game. I made a point of saying to the lads, try and start well and if we can get a goal early on then brilliant. We got two, and then you look after it.

"We have got some important home games coming up, so it's nice that we do get the three points. And the clean sheets are going to be important."

Shrewsbury Town caretaker manager Michael Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I thought we had a lot of the ball in the first half - but we didn't do enough with it.

"We needed to move the ball quicker, and we didn't do what we should have done to hurt them.

"We have been more positive going forward of late - but we didn't do that today.

"They were poor goals that we conceded and they should have been saved. We have done a lot of work on defending all week and we didn't do a good enough job today."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 04 Brayford
  • 03 Harris
  • 17 Coady (Porter - 84' )
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn
  • 14 McGinn (Miller - 68' )
  • 21 Scougall
  • 11 Baxter
  • 23 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 06 Hill
  • 09 Porter
  • 12 Miller
  • 18 Paynter
  • 25 Long
  • 32 Kennedy
  • 36 De Girolamo

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 03 Jacobson (Schmeltz - 49' )
  • 22 Woods Booked
  • 08 McAllister
  • 18 Goldson
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 27 Mills
  • 10 Fyvie (Grandison - 79' )
  • 24 Eaves (Atajic - 71' )
  • 11 Taylor
  • 17 Parry

Substitutes

  • 02 Grandison
  • 06 Winfield
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 25 Anyon
  • 26 Atajic
  • 29 Hall
  • 30 Schmeltz
Ref: Andy Haines
Att: 15,987

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

4 1

Corners

2 3

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +3:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +2:30 Booking

Booking Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:23

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

90:00 +2:23

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

90:00 +1:41

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

90:00 +1:41

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:53

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

84:18

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:18

Foul by Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town).

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Conor Coady.

82:42

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

81:32

Attempt blocked. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

80:28

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

80:28

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jermaine Grandison replaces Fraser Fyvie.

71:42

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

70:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bahrudin Atajic replaces Tom Eaves.

69:54

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

69:52

Foul by Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town).

68:34

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Robert Harris.

67:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Shaun Miller replaces Stephen McGinn.

66:08

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Joseph Mills.

65:39

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:00

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

64:57

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town).

64:00

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

63:58

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

63:26

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

62:31

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

60:03

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

60:03

Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:14

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by John Brayford.

54:38

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

53:21

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

53:21

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town).

49:26

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

48:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Sidney Schmeltz replaces Joe Jacobson because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 2, Shrewsbury Town 0.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Shrewsbury Town 0.

44:23

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

41:27

Attempt blocked. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:44

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

40:44

Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:27

Attempt blocked. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:39

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

34:45

Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).

34:45

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

32:55

Attempt missed. Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

30:03

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

30:03

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:49

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

20:07

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

20:07

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:18

Attempt missed. Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

17:48

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

16:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 2, Shrewsbury Town 0. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neill Collins.

12:06

Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:06

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

11:45

Attempt saved. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

10:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Scougall.

10:18

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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