A last-minute Ben Davies penalty earned Sheffield United victory over South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham.

With one eye on their FA Cup semi-final against Hull on Sunday, Blades manager Nigel Clough made eight changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Leyton Orient.

And his young side won it at the death, when Davies slotted home from the spot after Millers defender Craig Morgan clattered Harry Maguire.

The result brought to an end Rotherham's 16 game unbeaten run.

It also means Steve Evans's side are now nine points off the automatic promotion places, after second-place Brentford beat Crawley.

Sheffield United remain 11th, eight points off the play-off places with five games left to play.

It was in-form Rotherham who had the best efforts on goal in the first half, but James Tavernier and Tom Hitchcock were both denied by keeper George Long.

Alex Revell then headed straight at Long and also put a thumping drive wide.

The visitors had two penalty appeals waved away just after the restart and in the end it was the Blades who found the winner.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 28 Freeman
  • 06 Hill
  • 14 McGinn
  • 05 Maguire
  • 32 Kennedy
  • 22 Davies Booked
  • 42 Dimaio (Coady - 87' )
  • 18 Paynter
  • 11 Baxter (Reed - 74' )
  • 03 Harris Booked (Khan - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Brayford
  • 17 Coady
  • 21 Scougall
  • 23 Murphy
  • 29 Khan
  • 34 Willis
  • 38 Reed

Rotherham United

  • 21 Collin
  • 27 Tavernier
  • 03 Skarz
  • 36 Smallwood
  • 20 Morgan Booked
  • 04 Arnason
  • 22 Agard
  • 15 Milsom Booked (O'Connor - 52' )
  • 09 Revell
  • 35 Hitchcock (Thomas - 74' )
  • 18 Pringle (Vuckic - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Shearer
  • 02 Brindley
  • 05 Davis
  • 10 O'Connor
  • 26 Thomas
  • 28 Vuckic
  • 37 Adams
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 21,529

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

2 3

Corners

7 3

Fouls

6 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Rotherham United 0.

90:00 +4:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Rotherham United 0.

89:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Rotherham United 0. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

88:57 Booking

Booking Craig Morgan (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

88:41

Penalty Sheffield United. Harry Maguire draws a foul in the penalty area.

88:41

Penalty conceded by Craig Morgan (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

88:00

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

87:55

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

86:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Coady replaces Connor Dimaio.

86:16

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:16

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

82:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Haris Vuckic replaces Ben Pringle.

81:10

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Tavernier.

77:33

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

75:13

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United).

75:13

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Wes Thomas replaces Tom Hitchcock.

73:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Louis Reed replaces Jose Baxter.

72:45

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

72:03

Otis Khan (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:03

Foul by Connor Dimaio (Sheffield United).

71:03

Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:30

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

69:41

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Michael O'Connor.

68:49

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

68:49

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

68:10

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

68:10

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

63:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Otis Khan replaces Robert Harris because of an injury.

62:49

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

62:28

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

58:02

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

56:48

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

56:48

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:48

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

53:54

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

53:54

Foul by Joe Skarz (Rotherham United).

51:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Michael O'Connor replaces Robert Milsom.

50:42

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

50:42

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

46:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:37

Delay in match Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Rotherham United 0.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

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

44:24

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

44:24

Foul by Robert Milsom (Rotherham United).

43:06

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Joe Skarz.

42:19

Terry Kennedy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:19

Foul by Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United).

39:21 Booking

Booking Robert Harris (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

39:15

Foul by Robert Harris (Sheffield United).

39:15

Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:45

Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

36:12

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Tavernier.

34:36

Attempt saved. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

33:28

Attempt saved. Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

30:52

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

28:04

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

28:04

Foul by Craig Morgan (Rotherham United).

27:52

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by George Long.

27:39

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

24:57

Attempt blocked. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:44

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

13:24

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

9:15

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

9:15

Foul by Craig Morgan (Rotherham United).

7:13

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

6:49

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Joe Skarz.

6:26

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:26

Foul by Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United).

5:58 Booking

Booking Robert Milsom (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

5:47

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:47

Foul by Robert Milsom (Rotherham United).

5:11

Attempt blocked. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

4:20

Foul by Robert Harris (Sheffield United).

4:20

Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:40

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

3:40

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:18

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Terry Kennedy.

1:16

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

1:16

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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