Ben Davies scored a superb free-kick and Chris Porter converted a Conor Coady pass to give Sheffield United their eighth consecutive win.

On-loan Derby midfielder Davies curled the ball in on his home debut just after half-time before substitute Porter drove in the second late on.

The Blades, who kept their sixth league clean sheet in a row, moved up to 10th.

Stephen McGinn earlier hit the post for much-changed United, who face Charlton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

McGinn was also denied by Posh keeper Bobby Olejnik and Callum McFadzean's low shot was deflected past the post.

It was a second straight defeat for Peterborough, who offered little and stay sixth.

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"It was a poor performance. Too slow in the first half.

"We knew they'd sit off us and try and break on the counter attack. But we didn't play with enough tempo.

"We couldn't have started the second half any worse.

"But the simple fact is we couldn't break them down."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 22 Davies
  • 06 Hill
  • 17 Coady Booked
  • 32 Kennedy
  • 15 Collins
  • 14 McGinn (Scougall - 53' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 12 Miller
  • 18 Paynter (Porter - 66' )
  • 26 McFadzean (Flynn - 25' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Harris
  • 07 Flynn
  • 09 Porter
  • 11 Baxter
  • 21 Scougall
  • 25 Long
  • 38 Reed

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little
  • 02 Alcock (Newell - 64' )
  • 14 Rowe
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 04 Brisley
  • 07 Swanson
  • 11 McCann
  • 24 Washington (Bostwick - 55' )
  • 21 Ajose
  • 36 McQuoid (Assombalonga - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 08 Payne
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 13 Day
  • 16 Kearns
  • 17 Newell
Ref: Nigel Miller
Att: 16,051

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

5 1

Corners

8 14

Fouls

10 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Peterborough United 0.

90:00 +4:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Peterborough United 0.

89:30

Attempt missed. Joe Newell (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

87:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 2, Peterborough United 0. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

87:11

Foul by Shaun Miller (Sheffield United).

87:11

Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:04

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Sean Brisley.

85:25

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tommy Rowe.

84:10

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

83:12

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

74:36

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Terry Kennedy.

73:18

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

70:37

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

67:08

Hand ball by Joe Newell (Peterborough United).

66:06

Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).

66:06

Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Billy Paynter.

64:10 Booking

Booking Conor Coady (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

64:00

Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:52

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

63:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Joe Newell replaces Craig Alcock.

62:57

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

61:42

Billy Paynter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:42

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

60:45

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Stefan Scougall.

59:26

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Sean Brisley.

58:30

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Little.

58:17

Attempt blocked. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

54:52

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

54:52

Foul by Sean Brisley (Peterborough United).

54:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Michael Bostwick replaces Conor Washington.

54:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Britt Assombalonga replaces Josh McQuoid.

53:54

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Terry Kennedy.

53:15

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Conor Coady.

52:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Stefan Scougall replaces Stephen McGinn.

51:33

Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

50:15

Attempt blocked. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:31

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

49:00

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Conor Coady.

48:49

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Conor Coady.

48:29

Attempt blocked. Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:00

Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).

48:00

Grant McCann (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Peterborough United 0. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

45:23

Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:23

Foul by Sean Brisley (Peterborough United).

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Peterborough United 0.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Peterborough United 0.

43:23

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

43:23

Foul by Sean Brisley (Peterborough United).

42:46

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Neill Collins.

42:30

Attempt blocked. Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:48

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

40:15

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Terry Kennedy.

37:42

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

37:42

Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:21

Attempt saved. Billy Paynter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

36:10

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

29:55

Foul by Shaun Miller (Sheffield United).

29:55

Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:23

Billy Paynter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:23

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

26:10

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

25:39

Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).

25:39

Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn replaces Callum McFadzean because of an injury.

23:41

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

23:41

Sean Brisley (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:22

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Sean Brisley.

23:02

Attempt blocked. Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:33

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

22:33

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

21:16

Attempt saved. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

16:12

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Little.

15:54

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

13:49

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Little.

12:08

Attempt blocked. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:26

Attempt missed. Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

10:36

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

9:04

Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).

9:04

Grant McCann (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:51

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Neill Collins.

7:21

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Terry Kennedy.

6:55

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

6:24

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

6:24

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:59

Attempt saved. Shaun Miller (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:54

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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