Sheffield United eased their League One relegation fears with a big win over fellow strugglers Bristol City.

The Blades jumped above their opponents in the table with victory, and it was John Brayford who got them started when he converted Harry Maguire's flick-on.

Jamie Murphy found Ryan Flynn on the edge of the area, and he duly doubled the advantage with a low strike.

Jose Baxter wrapped it up from the penalty spot after Flynn was brought down by Karleigh Osborne.

The defeat leaves Bristol City in the relegation zone, two points from safety, while Sheffield United climbed to 17th.

Sheffield United coach Chris Morgan told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The result was exactly what we wanted following on from Gillingham in the week. It's two big results for us.

"The two results this week have come through hard work and playing some good stuff, particularly today.

"The manager was conscious that the lads have been going at it really hard. We knew we had to change it up.

"To be fair to the gaffer since he's come in, whatever formation we've played - whichever players we've used - he's hammered across to them what he wants.

"The players have took that on and been excellent, so the ones that come in know exactly what's wanted."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"Unfortunately, we were poor today. I don't know why that happened. We trained well this week but we didn't put anything into practice.

"Consequently, just before half-time we have given away a soft throw-in, given away a corner from it, not defended the corner and gone in 1-0 down at half-time.

"I don't like defeat at the best of times. Getting beaten 3-0, that reflected our performance today, unfortunately."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 04 Brayford
  • 03 Harris (Hill - 68' )
  • 17 Coady
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn (Davies - 70' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 Baxter
  • 21 Scougall
  • 23 Murphy (Paynter - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Hill
  • 09 Porter
  • 12 Miller
  • 18 Paynter
  • 22 Davies
  • 25 Long
  • 32 Kennedy

Bristol City

  • 30 Moore
  • 35 Osborne
  • 03 Williams
  • 21 Pack (Reid - 70' )
  • 18 El-Abd
  • 05 Flint
  • 09 Baldock
  • 08 Elliott
  • 23 Barnett
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas (Burns - 76' )
  • 17 Cunningham (Pearson - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Fielding
  • 02 Moloney
  • 14 Reid
  • 15 Bryan
  • 19 Pearson
  • 27 Burns
  • 34 Gillett
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 19,271

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

7 3

Corners

8 1

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Bristol City 0.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Bristol City 0.

90:00 +1:29

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

90:00 +1:29

Wes Burns (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:23

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

90:00 +0:23

Tyrone Barnett (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:42

Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).

89:42

Adam El-Abd (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:24

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

88:13

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:02

Attempt saved. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

86:37

Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

86:08

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

86:08

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Bristol City).

82:44

Attempt saved. Wes Burns (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

82:07

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Neill Collins.

76:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Paynter replaces Jamie Murphy.

75:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

73:41

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

73:41

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:03

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

69:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Ryan Flynn.

69:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 3, Bristol City 0. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

69:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Marlon Pack.

69:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Stephen Pearson replaces Greg Cunningham.

68:02

Penalty Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn draws a foul in the penalty area.

68:02

Penalty conceded by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) after a foul in the penalty area.

67:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Matthew Hill replaces Robert Harris because of an injury.

64:38

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

64:38

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:25

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Adam El-Abd.

64:10

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

62:46

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

60:04

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

57:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 2, Bristol City 0. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

55:38

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:24

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

52:45

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

52:45

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

50:58

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

50:40

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

49:44

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

49:44

Foul by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City).

48:30

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

48:30

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 1, Bristol City 0.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Bristol City 0.

43:52

Attempt missed. Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

42:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Bristol City 0. John Brayford (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

42:06

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Aden Flint.

40:04

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:04

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

36:39

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

36:39

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

36:21

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

36:21

Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City).

34:34

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

34:34

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:50

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:50

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

23:25

Attempt saved. John Brayford (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

22:56

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:56

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

15:58

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

10:47

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

9:00

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

8:06

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

7:26

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

7:26

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

6:34

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

6:15

Attempt blocked. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:47

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tyrone Barnett.

5:22

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Wade Elliott.

1:30

Attempt missed. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

1:05

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

1:05

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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