Second-half goals from Ryan Flynn and Ben Davies helped Sheffield United to a stylish victory over Coventry City.

Nathan Delfouneso put the Sky Blues ahead against the run of play when he ran on to John Fleck's pass to score.

Flynn drew the sides level with a cool finish after swapping passes with Conor Coady before finding space in a crowded penalty area to slide his shot home.

Coady turned provider again when he unselfishly found substitute Davies to fire home the Blades' winner.

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought the second half was good once we got a bit more positive and on the front foot - there were a few tired legs out there.

"Sometimes it can take a while to get going, as we have found in recent weeks. But once we got in our stride, I thought it was a very, very good second half.

"We're very flexible, as you've seen, we can change in a game two or three times if necessary. We'll try and do whatever it is to win a game, and with whatever formation."

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I'm very proud of the way the team went about their business. Sometimes when you come into the final game of the season it's really just pride to play for and it's sometimes like a kind of testimonial game.

"But it certainly wasn't that. The application of both sets of players was excellent and it made for a really good game.

"I'm disappointed to lose, there's no doubt about that, and it was a game we didn't deserve to lose."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 04 Brayford
  • 28 Freeman (Hill - 87' )
  • 17 Coady
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins Booked
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 Baxter (Davies - 65' )
  • 21 Scougall (Porter - 45' )
  • 23 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 06 Hill
  • 09 Porter
  • 14 McGinn
  • 18 Paynter
  • 22 Davies
  • 25 Long
  • 42 Dimaio

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Christie Booked
  • 24 Clarke
  • 12 Prutton (Eccleston - 84' )
  • 04 Webster
  • 19 Willis
  • 06 Thomas Booked (Baker - 77' )
  • 07 Fleck Booked
  • 20 Wilson
  • 10 Delfouneso
  • 26 Marshall

Substitutes

  • 03 Adams
  • 08 Baker
  • 09 Eccleston
  • 11 McGeouch
  • 13 Burge
  • 15 Seaborne
  • 40 Finch
Ref: Darren Bond
Att: 20,723

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

7 3

Corners

2 4

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Coventry City 1.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Coventry City 1.

90:00 +3:02

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:02

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

90:00 +1:26

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by John Brayford.

89:24

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

89:24

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:31

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:31

Foul by Mark Marshall (Coventry City).

86:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Matthew Hill replaces Kieran Freeman.

84:51

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

83:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Nathan Eccleston replaces David Prutton.

83:18

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

80:31

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

80:31

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:53

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

79:25

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

78:44

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

78:44

Nathan Eccleston (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Carl Baker replaces Conor Thomas.

76:09

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

75:13 Booking

Booking Neill Collins (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

75:09

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

75:09

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:18

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

72:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 2, Coventry City 1. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Coady.

67:46

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

67:46

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

66:24 Booking

Booking Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

66:09

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

66:09

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

64:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Jose Baxter.

64:12

Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

62:48

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Neill Collins.

61:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Coventry City 1. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Coady.

60:40

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

59:31

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

59:31

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

57:42

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

55:34

Chris Porter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:34

Foul by David Prutton (Coventry City).

54:29

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

54:29

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:43

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

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Coventry City 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Stefan Scougall because of an injury.

45:00 +2:17 Half time

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

45:00 +1:40 Booking

Booking John Fleck (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +1:34

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:34

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

45:00 +0:50

Attempt missed. Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

42:59

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

40:18

Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

38:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 0, Coventry City 1. Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Fleck.

37:43

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

37:43

Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:11

Attempt saved. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

36:33

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

35:54

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

34:40

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

34:40

Foul by David Prutton (Coventry City).

33:51

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

33:51

Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:00

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

29:37

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

27:27

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

27:27

Foul by Mark Marshall (Coventry City).

24:38

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:38

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

24:00

Conor Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:57

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United).

20:40 Booking

Booking Conor Thomas (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

20:22

Delay in match Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

20:19

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

20:19

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

17:09

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

16:10

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

16:10

Jordan Willis (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:04

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

15:04

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:39

Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

9:17

Attempt saved. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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