Jose Baxter's impressive second-half goal against Crawley secured Sheffield United their first home victory of the season.

Crawley hit the ground running in the first half with Bobson Bawling and Gwion Edwards both being denied.

Baxter gave Blades the lead after the break when his long-range shot beat Crawley keeper Brian Jensen.

Michael Higdon almost doubled their advantage but his effort was cleared by the visitors' Conor Henderson.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

John Gregory: Crawley Town boss after Sheffield United

"One goal, one superb strike, Baxter is prone to that kind of finish and it was an excellent goal that's ended up winning the match.

"But I've just said to our people that was probably the best performance I've had since I joined the club.

"I thought that every player on our team played particularly well and we had opportunities to score and we definitely should have come in at half-time ahead."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 02 Alcock
  • 17 McGahey
  • 15 Collins
  • 19 McEveley (Harris - 86' )
  • 16 Davies
  • 06 Basham Booked
  • 08 Doyle
  • 09 Murphy
  • 11 Baxter (Flynn - 69' )
  • 21 Higdon (Reed - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Harris
  • 07 Flynn
  • 12 McNulty
  • 14 McGinn
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 22 Reed
  • 24 Turner

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jensen
  • 02 Oyebanjo (Banya - 84' )
  • 05 Leacock
  • 12 Walsh
  • 03 Dickson
  • 07 Edwards
  • 20 Bawling
  • 04 Henderson Booked
  • 08 Smith
  • 14 Young (Tomlin - 75' )
  • 09 McLeod

Substitutes

  • 06 Bradley
  • 15 Banya
  • 17 Rose
  • 21 Tomlin
  • 22 O'Connor
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 18,178

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

3 1

Corners

7 7

Fouls

11 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +4:56 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +4:39

Attempt blocked. Dean Leacock (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +4:08

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

90:00 +3:07

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Charles Banya.

90:00 +1:03

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:03

Foul by Dean Leacock (Crawley Town).

90:00 +0:47

Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

88:46

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:46

Foul by Dean Leacock (Crawley Town).

88:00

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:00

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town).

86:03

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

86:03

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).

85:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Robert Harris replaces Jay McEveley because of an injury.

83:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Charles Banya replaces Lanre Oyebanjo.

83:00

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

82:56

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

82:29

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

81:54

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Neill Collins.

78:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Louis Reed replaces Michael Higdon.

78:37

Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

77:26

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

74:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Gavin Tomlin replaces Lewis Young.

74:09

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

70:38

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

70:38

Foul by Conor Henderson (Crawley Town).

68:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn replaces Jose Baxter.

65:46

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

65:35

Attempt blocked. Jay McEveley (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:05

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

64:11

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

64:11

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

62:17

Foul by Craig Alcock (Sheffield United).

62:17

Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:50

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jay McEveley.

54:31

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United).

54:31

Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:02

Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

53:02

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:41

Attempt missed. Jay McEveley (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

51:04

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

49:37

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

48:33

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

48:33

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield United 1, Crawley Town 0. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Alcock.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Crawley Town 0.

43:30

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

43:30

Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:26

Attempt missed. Lewis Young (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

41:48

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

41:48

Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:37

Attempt blocked. Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

41:26

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

40:42

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

39:51 Booking

Booking Chris Basham (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

39:43

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

39:43

Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:01

Hand ball by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

36:52

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

36:06

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

36:06

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).

35:30

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:30

Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

33:12

Hand ball by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).

31:20 Booking

Booking Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

31:16

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

31:16

Foul by Conor Henderson (Crawley Town).

30:25

Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:23

Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

28:57

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Conor Henderson.

28:48

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

26:18

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:18

Foul by Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town).

22:06

Attempt missed. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

21:32

Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

21:32

Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:49

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jay McEveley.

19:15

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

19:09

Attempt blocked. Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

18:30

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Lanre Oyebanjo.

17:23

Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:23

Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

16:47

Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:47

Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

16:10

Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

16:10

Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:14

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

15:14

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town).

13:57

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Mark Howard.

13:44

Attempt saved. Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:01

Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

6:50

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

6:50

Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:47

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:47

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).

4:32

Attempt missed. Neill Collins (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

3:47

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

0:51

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:51

Foul by Conor Henderson (Crawley Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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