Sheffield Utd 1-2 Coventry

Leon Clarke

Coventry edged past Sheffield United to move to within a point of the League One play-offs.

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday forward Leon Clarke put the visitors ahead when he swept in from six-yards out.

The Blades found their stride after the break and Dave Kitson's bullet header gave them a deserved equaliser.

But Coventry snatched all three points after goalkeeper George Long parried Franck Moussa's shot in to the path of Clarke, who slotted home with ease.

The result means Sheffield United have now lost three consecutive home games and sit one place above the in-form Sky Blues.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Danny Wilson shocked by Coventry defeat

"We can't believe we've lost it and I think the majority of fans can't believe we've lost, because I thought second half we were excellent.

"In the first half we were massively off the pace of the game and Coventry took advantage of that and caused us some problems.

"But second half we got our teeth into things and changed things round and and we caused them lots of problems.

"We felt we should have had a stonewall penalty... And should we have got that (decision) who knows what would have happened."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Sheffield Utd

  • 25 Long
  • 04 Higginbotham
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon Booked
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 McDonald Booked
  • 09 Porter (Forte - 54' )
  • 14 Kitson Booked
  • 23 Murphy (Robson - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Coyne
  • 02 Westlake
  • 19 Robson
  • 24 Ironside
  • 16 Forte
  • 17 Cresswell
  • 36 De Girolamo

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 21 Christie Booked
  • 24 Wood
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 39 Adams
  • 08 Baker
  • 12 Jennings
  • 32 Moussa
  • 11 McSheffrey Booked (Fleck - 73' )
  • 14 Elliott (Thomas - 69' )
  • 15 Clarke

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 02 Clarke
  • 05 Cameron
  • 04 Thomas
  • 10 Fleck
  • 16 Barton
  • 17 Ball
Ref: Sarginson
Att: 17,511

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

7 11

Corners

3 7

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:18

Steven Jennings takes a shot. Save by George Long.

90:00 +1:18

Shot by Michael Doyle from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

86:29

The assist for the goal came from Franck Moussa. Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson, Franck Moussa makes a clearance. Conor Thomas takes a shot. Save made by George Long.

86:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Clarke - Sheff Utd 1 - 2 Coventry Leon Clarke finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-2 Coventry.

86:04

Franck Moussa takes a shot. George Long makes a save.

85:16

Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

85:16 Booking

Booking Kevin McDonald is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

85:11

Conor Thomas fouled by Kevin McDonald, the ref awards a free kick.

83:48

Barry Robson is ruled offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

82:49

Effort on goal by Jonathan Forte from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

82:08

Franck Moussa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Maguire. Free kick taken by Harry Maguire.

80:29

Ryan Flynn fouled by Franck Moussa, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Doyle takes the direct free kick.

77:43

Ryan Flynn takes a shot. Cyrus Christie gets a block in.

76:54

Effort on goal by Dave Kitson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

75:13

The ball is swung over by Barry Robson, Franck Moussa manages to make a clearance. The official flags Barry Robson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Wood.

74:31

Jonathan Forte takes a shot. Carl Baker gets a block in. Barry Robson takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by William Edjenguele.

73:53

Leon Clarke takes a shot. Save by George Long.

72:47

Direct free kick taken by Neill Collins.

72:47 Substitution

Substitution (Coventry) makes a substitution, with John Fleck coming on for Gary McSheffrey.

72:47

Handball decision goes against Carl Baker.

71:32

The assist for the goal came from Barry Robson.

71:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Dave Kitson - Sheff Utd 1 - 1 Coventry Dave Kitson grabs a headed goal from close range. Sheff Utd 1-1 Coventry.

70:14

Ryan Flynn crosses the ball in from the free kick, Joe Murphy makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line,

70:14 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Barry Robson coming on for Jamie Murphy.

70:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cyrus Christie on Jonathan Forte.

68:03

Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

68:03 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Elliott goes off and Conor Thomas comes on.

68:03

The offside flag is raised against Kevin McDonald.

66:05

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Murphy.

64:27

Ryan Flynn restarts play with the free kick. Neill Collins takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save.

64:27 Booking

Booking Cyrus Christie receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

64:15

Ryan Flynn fouled by Cyrus Christie, the ref awards a free kick.

63:16

The ball is swung over by Tony McMahon, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jamie Murphy misses to the left of the goal.

62:05

Dave Kitson takes a shot. William Edjenguele gets a block in. Kevin McDonald crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Jonathan Forte goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

60:35

Carl Baker takes a shot. Save by George Long.

59:42

Centre by Tony McMahon, Steven Jennings manages to make a clearance.

58:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn by Carl Baker. Direct free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

58:06

Jonathan Forte takes a shot. Cyrus Christie makes a save.

57:03

Steven Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

56:24

Danny Higginbotham produces a cross.

54:53

The referee blows for offside. George Long takes the indirect free kick.

54:42

Jamie Murphy delivers the ball, William Edjenguele makes a clearance.

52:55

Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

52:55 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Forte comes on in place of Chris Porter.

52:55

The referee blows for offside against Danny Higginbotham.

52:10

Stephen Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony McMahon. Tony McMahon takes the direct free kick.

50:33

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Jennings, William Edjenguele takes a shot. Save made by George Long. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Flynn.

50:21

Blair Adams produces a cross, Danny Higginbotham manages to make a clearance.

49:28

Unfair challenge on Danny Higginbotham by Carl Baker results in a free kick. George Long restarts play with the free kick.

49:00

A cross is delivered by Jamie Murphy.

47:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey by Tony McMahon. William Edjenguele takes the free kick.

46:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Clarke on Harry Maguire. George Long takes the free kick.

46:10

William Edjenguele fouled by Chris Porter, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

45:29

Steven Jennings challenges Ryan Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George Long.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

42:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Franck Moussa on Dave Kitson. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

40:55

Chris Porter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on William Edjenguele. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

39:35

Leon Clarke takes a shot. Neill Collins gets a block in. Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

38:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tony McMahon. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

36:55

George Long takes the free kick.

36:55 Booking

Booking Booking for Gary McSheffrey for unsporting behaviour.

36:42

Gary McSheffrey challenges Tony McMahon unfairly and gives away a free kick.

36:01

Direct free kick taken by Cyrus Christie.

36:01 Booking

Booking Dave Kitson is given a yellow card.

35:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker by Dave Kitson.

34:10

Foul by Leon Clarke on Harry Maguire, free kick awarded. George Long takes the free kick.

33:36

Carl Baker fouled by Danny Higginbotham, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cyrus Christie.

32:26

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary McSheffrey. George Long takes the indirect free kick.

32:05

The ball is delivered by Cyrus Christie.

29:35

Carl Baker takes a shot. Blocked by Dave Kitson.

28:35

The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from left wing, clearance by Danny Higginbotham.

28:35 Booking

Booking Tony McMahon booked.

28:12

Tony McMahon challenges Gary McSheffrey unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27:55

Jamie Murphy crosses the ball, save by Joe Murphy.

26:51

Carl Baker fouled by Ryan Flynn, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cyrus Christie.

25:31

Dave Kitson takes a shot. William Edjenguele gets a block in.

23:16

Dave Kitson produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

22:19

Effort from long distance by Gary McSheffrey goes wide right of the goal. William Edjenguele is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

20:35

Cyrus Christie produces a cross, Harry Maguire makes a clearance. Centre by Carl Baker, save made by George Long.

17:22

Dave Kitson delivers the ball, Richard Wood manages to make a clearance. Unfair challenge on Richard Wood by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

13:11

Assist by Carl Baker.

13:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Clarke - Sheff Utd 0 - 1 Coventry Leon Clarke grabs a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Sheff Utd 0-1 Coventry.

12:29

Unfair challenge on Stephen Elliott by Tony McMahon results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from left wing.

11:31

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary McSheffrey, Kevin McDonald makes a clearance.

10:21

Gary McSheffrey decides to take a short corner. Stephen Elliott sends in a cross, clearance by Neill Collins.

9:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neill Collins by Leon Clarke. George Long takes the direct free kick.

8:31

Close range effort by Carl Baker goes over the bar.

6:24

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary McSheffrey, Neill Collins manages to make a clearance.

6:03

Outswinging corner taken by Carl Baker from the right by-line.

4:09

The offside flag is raised against Ryan Flynn. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

3:07

Cyrus Christie sends in a cross.

2:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Jennings by Chris Porter. Carl Baker restarts play with the free kick.

2:05

The referee blows for offside. William Edjenguele restarts play with the free kick.

0:21

The ball is delivered by Carl Baker, Neill Collins makes a clearance. Foul by Carl Baker on Danny Higginbotham, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by George Long.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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