Wolves dampened Sheffield United's 125th anniversary celebrations to move closer to a return to the Championship.

Carl Ikeme saved well from Blades' Stefan Scougall before James Henry's cross eluded team-mate Dave Edwards and United keeper Mark Howard to go in.

Henry struck a post and at the other end Richard Stearman cleared off the line from John Brayford.

League One's two form teams

  • Sheffield United have seen their 11-game unbeaten un, which included 10-straight wins, come to an end
  • Wolves did have nine wins on the trot until being held 0-0 at home by Shrewsbury last Saturday, followed by Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Crawley

And after the break Henry was central for Wolves' second, crossing for Edwards who this time got a touch.

Jose Baxter fired into the side netting as Blades attempted to respond, but Leon Clarke squandered a chance to make it 3-0 when through one-on-one.

The result, which ends an 11-game unbeaten run and a sequence of eight games without conceding for Nigel Clough's men, failed to completely take the edge off the party atmosphere at Bramall Lane, as the club marked their 125th birthday by parading more than 50 former players across the pitch before kick-off.

But Wolves, themselves undefeated in 10 matches until a midweek loss to Crawley, guaranteed they will finish the weekend as League One leaders.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We said it would be a good measure of how far we've come - there was not a lot in it. They took the couple of chances that they got, and we didn't today.

"I thought when we settled down we had the better of it. We got on the front foot, and we looked dangerous.

"It's good that the players are so disappointed. If you're going to lose your unbeaten run, you might as well lose it to the team top of the league."

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

"It was a fantastic win, I felt that we needed to make some changes and we needed some fresh energy in the team.

"It was a system we've worked hard at. I do have confidence in the players coming in. They know their roles and it's a big game to come in for.

"As the game wore on I felt we handled them better and better, some of their football was very very good, as was ours.

"We've been up and down the country, two tough away games this week, the side needed to change and we needed fresh energy."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 04 Brayford
  • 28 Freeman (Paynter - 88' )
  • 17 Coady
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn (Davies - 62' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 Baxter (Porter - 66' )
  • 21 Scougall
  • 23 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 09 Porter
  • 14 McGinn
  • 18 Paynter
  • 22 Davies
  • 25 Long
  • 29 Khan
  • 42 Dimaio

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 02 Doherty Booked (Ricketts - 75' )
  • 26 Golbourne
  • 14 Evans Booked (Price - 62' Booked )
  • 05 Stearman Booked
  • 06 Batth Booked
  • 07 Henry
  • 11 McDonald Booked
  • 09 Clarke
  • 04 Edwards
  • 27 Jacobs (Sako - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Elokobi
  • 10 Sako
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 19 Price
  • 20 McAlinden
  • 31 McCarey
  • 40 Dicko
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 21,659

Match Stats

Shots

10 11

On target

4 3

Corners

6 3

Fouls

3 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

90:00 +5:48 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

90:00 +2:26 Booking

Booking Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:22

Hand ball by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

89:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bakary Sako replaces Michael Jacobs.

87:47

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

87:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Paynter replaces Kieran Freeman.

86:49

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

86:49

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

82:09

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

82:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

80:12

Delay in match (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

79:50

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

77:05 Booking

Booking Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

77:01

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

77:01

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

74:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sam Ricketts replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury.

74:00

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Henry.

73:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:22

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

72:22

Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

71:53

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

71:45

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:33 Booking

Booking Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

67:17

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

67:17

Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

65:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Jose Baxter.

63:21

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

62:34

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:34

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

61:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jack Price replaces Lee Evans.

61:30 Substitution

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

60:06

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

60:06

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

59:05

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

58:16 Booking

Booking Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

58:09

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

58:09

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:23

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Danny Batth.

52:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Henry with a cross.

51:05

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

51:05

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

50:02

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Neill Collins.

49:06

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

46:36

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

45:33

Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

44:55

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

44:55

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:42

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

43:00

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Danny Batth.

42:38

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:38

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

41:51

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

40:32

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

38:28

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

36:53

John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:53

Foul by Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

35:37

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

34:05

Foul by Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

34:05

John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:38

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

29:07 Booking

Booking Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

29:03

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

29:03

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

26:48

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

24:27

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

23:36

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

23:36

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

21:22

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

21:22

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

20:06

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

20:06

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

17:37

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

16:51 Booking

Booking Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

16:47

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

16:47

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

12:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from long range on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

9:55

Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

8:31

Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

7:16

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

7:16

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:31

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Henry.

3:56

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

3:36

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

2:28

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

1:35

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

1:35

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:28

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:28

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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