Sheffield Utd 2-0 Swindon

Chris Porter

Sheffield United beat play-off rivals Swindon in their first game under new manager Chris Morgan.

The Blades appeared unaffected by the exit of boss Danny Wilson on Wednesday, and dominated for most of the game.

They took the lead when Chris Porter headed in Tony McMahon's free-kick, and McMahon then executed a superb delivery to Dave Kitson who nodded in with ease.

Swindon did improve after a poor first half, but efforts from Nathan Byrne and Darren Ward both went wide.

The results means fifth-place Sheffield United are now five points ahead of Town, who remain in the final play-off place but are only one point above Walsall and Leyton Orient.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United caretaker manager Chris Morgan told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a big day for us. It was a big game and a massive three points for where we want to get to at the end of the season.

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Morgan hails massive Blades

"The pressure we put on Swindon was relentless and that comes from a quick start and coming out of the traps at them.

"Ports [Chris Porter] and Kits [Dave Kitson) get goals and the rest of the boys back that up with their performances. I thought we were excellent

"I thought it was important that the players got the crowd going. It's sometimes easier to expect the crowd to get the players going but today the players got the crowd going."

Swindon Town manager Kevin MacDonald told BBC Wiltshire:

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MacDonald apologises for defeat

"We were embarrassing in the first-half. I need to apologise to the supporters for the performance, the supporters don't deserve that.

"We didn't match their intensity which is disappointing. We didn't match them anywhere on the pitch at all. We could have been five or six down.

"The players have got to look at themselves.

"In the second half we had a little bit of a go and did a little bit better. It's actually quite easy to try and run around when you're 1-0 down."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Utd

  • 25 Long
  • 05 Maguire
  • 06 Hill Booked
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon
  • 07 Flynn
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 McDonald (Whitehouse - 79' )
  • 23 Murphy (McFadzean - 70' )
  • 09 Porter (Ironside - 84' )
  • 14 Kitson

Substitutes

  • 35 Coyne
  • 04 Higginbotham
  • 19 Robson
  • 26 McFadzean
  • 27 Whitehouse
  • 16 Forte
  • 24 Ironside

Swindon

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 04 Flint Booked
  • 12 McCormack Booked
  • 22 Ward
  • 24 Byrne Booked
  • 08 Ferry Booked
  • 11 Roberts (L Rooney - 62' Booked )
  • 23 De Vita (A Rooney - 56' )
  • 25 Luongo
  • 09 Collins Booked (Francis - 72' )
  • 16 Williams Booked

Substitutes

  • 30 Bedwell
  • 05 Devera
  • 34 Waldon
  • 37 Francis
  • 06 Navarro
  • 07 L Rooney
  • 28 A Rooney
Ref: Ilderton
Att: 19,298

Match Stats

Shots

16 13

On target

9 6

Corners

1 9

Fouls

11 19

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:22 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:45

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Rooney from the right by-line.

90:00 +4:19

Luke Rooney takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Elliott Whitehouse.

90:00 +3:30

Adam Rooney produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

90:00 +2:54

Luke Rooney crosses the ball.

87:44

Michael Doyle produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

86:32

Mark Francis takes a shot. Save by George Long.

86:11

Joe Ironside takes a shot.

83:13

Free kick taken by George Long.

83:13 Substitution

Substitution Chris Porter leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Ironside.

83:13

Adam Rooney challenges Tony McMahon unfairly and gives away a free kick.

81:18

Assist by Tony McMahon.

81:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Dave Kitson - Sheff Utd 2 - 0 Swindon Dave Kitson finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Sheff Utd 2-0 Swindon.

81:15

Tony McMahon delivers the ball,

80:08

Luke Rooney restarts play with the free kick.

80:08 Booking

Booking Matthew Hill is booked.

79:58

Adam Rooney fouled by Matthew Hill, the ref awards a free kick.

79:16

Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

79:16 Booking

Booking Luke Rooney booked for unsporting behaviour.

79:02

Luke Rooney challenges Ryan Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick.

78:12 Substitution

Substitution Elliott Whitehouse replaces Kevin McDonald.

77:49 Booking

Booking Andy Williams shown a yellow card.

76:25

Luke Rooney produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

75:43

Kevin McDonald crosses the ball.

74:48

The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, Wes Foderingham makes a save.

74:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tony McMahon, save made by Wes Foderingham.

73:24

The official flags Chris Porter offside. Aden Flint restarts play with the free kick.

71:57

Dave Kitson takes a shot. Save by Wes Foderingham.

71:09 Substitution

Substitution Mark Francis replaces James Collins.

70:39

Dave Kitson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Aden Flint restarts play with the free kick.

69:35 Substitution

Substitution Callum McFadzean comes on in place of Jamie Murphy.

67:54

Corner taken right-footed by Luke Rooney from the right by-line, Header by Darren Ward from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

67:46

The ball is crossed by Luke Rooney, blocked by Matthew Hill.

64:58

Ryan Flynn concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan McCormack. Direct free kick taken by Alan McCormack.

63:49

Unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Nathan Byrne results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Tony McMahon from the free kick.

62:38

George Long takes the free kick.

62:38 Booking

Booking Aden Flint is given a yellow card.

62:23

Aden Flint concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony McMahon.

61:33

Direct free kick taken by Alan McCormack.

61:33 Substitution

Substitution Luke Rooney is brought on as a substitute for Gary Roberts.

61:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Collins by Neill Collins.

60:48

Matthew Hill sends in a cross, save by Wes Foderingham.

60:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Hill by James Collins. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

59:51

Effort from deep inside the area by James Collins misses to the left of the target.

59:02

Harry Maguire challenges James Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Roberts takes the free kick.

58:07

The official flags Chris Porter offside. Aden Flint restarts play with the free kick.

55:31 Substitution

Substitution Adam Rooney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Raffaele De Vita.

54:13

The referee blows for offside against Ryan Flynn. Alan McCormack restarts play with the free kick.

53:38

Shot by Gary Roberts. Michael Doyle gets a block in.

50:15

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Roberts.

49:25

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Roberts.

48:29

James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Maguire. George Long takes the direct free kick.

47:59

Shot from outside the area by Nathan Byrne misses to the left of the target.

47:44

Massimo Luongo takes a shot. Neill Collins gets a block in.

46:36

Centre by Raffaele De Vita, Matthew Hill makes a clearance.

46:28

A cross is delivered by Raffaele De Vita, Harry Maguire makes a clearance.

45:31

Andy Williams takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by George Long.

45:09

Unfair challenge on Alan McCormack by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Alan McCormack takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:44 Booking

Booking James Collins goes into the referee's book.

45:00 +1:19

The ball is delivered by Raffaele De Vita, Kevin McDonald makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:03

Centre by Ryan Flynn, save by Wes Foderingham.

45:00 +0:19

Foul by Alan McCormack on Ryan Flynn, free kick awarded. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

44:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aden Flint on Dave Kitson. George Long takes the free kick.

44:21

Ryan Flynn concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan McCormack. Alan McCormack takes the free kick.

43:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Porter. Nathan Byrne takes the free kick.

43:13

Corner taken by Raffaele De Vita, clearance by Kevin McDonald.

43:03

A cross is delivered by Nathan Byrne, Tony McMahon makes a clearance.

41:44

Tony McMahon produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

41:44 Booking

Booking Alan McCormack goes into the book.

41:28

Alan McCormack challenges Tony McMahon unfairly and gives away a free kick.

41:12

Ryan Flynn takes a shot. Clearance by Alan McCormack.

39:36

Unfair challenge on Raffaele De Vita by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Alan McCormack takes the direct free kick.

38:44 Booking

Booking Booking for Simon Ferry for dissent.

38:34

Gary Roberts takes a inswinging corner.

38:20

Centre by Alan McCormack, Matthew Hill manages to make a clearance.

36:20

The assist for the goal came from Tony McMahon.

36:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Porter - Sheff Utd 1 - 0 Swindon Chris Porter scores a headed goal from close in. Sheff Utd 1-0 Swindon.

35:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan McCormack on Ryan Flynn. The ball is swung over by Michael Doyle,

34:34

Darren Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Dave Kitson. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

34:08

Unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Raffaele De Vita results in a free kick. George Long restarts play with the free kick.

33:48

Corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line.

33:22

The ball is sent over by Raffaele De Vita, James Collins takes a shot. Harry Maguire gets a block in.

30:57

The ball is swung over by Alan McCormack.

28:35

Chris Porter produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

26:09

Dave Kitson fouled by Aden Flint, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tony McMahon from left channel, clearance by Darren Ward.

25:34

Ryan Flynn delivers the ball, Darren Ward makes a clearance.

23:18 Booking

Booking Booking for Nathan Byrne for unsporting behaviour.

21:36

James Collins is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by George Long.

20:37

The official flags Chris Porter offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wes Foderingham.

20:16

Effort from the edge of the box by Tony McMahon goes wide of the left-hand post.

19:23

Chris Porter fouled by Darren Ward, the ref awards a free kick. Dave Kitson takes the free kick.

18:32

Unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by Aden Flint results in a free kick. Tony McMahon delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Darren Ward.

17:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Hill on Massimo Luongo. Alan McCormack restarts play with the free kick.

17:00

Alan McCormack challenges Ryan Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tony McMahon from right wing, Darren Ward makes a clearance.

16:32

Massimo Luongo has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

14:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raffaele De Vita by Ryan Flynn. Free kick taken by Raffaele De Vita.

14:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Nathan Byrne. Tony McMahon takes the direct free kick.

12:31

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Wes Foderingham makes a save.

11:35

Aden Flint has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

11:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neill Collins on James Collins. Alan McCormack takes the free kick.

10:28

Chris Porter takes a shot. Wes Foderingham makes a save.

9:31

The ball is swung over by Tony McMahon, save by Wes Foderingham.

9:10

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save made by Wes Foderingham.

7:39

Dave Kitson takes a shot. Blocked by Aden Flint.

7:19

Chris Porter takes a shot. Blocked by Darren Ward.

6:57

Massimo Luongo takes a shot. George Long makes a save.

6:15

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, Kevin McDonald makes a clearance.

6:02

The ball is swung over by Andy Williams, blocked by Harry Maguire.

5:01

The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, save by Wes Foderingham.

4:19

Gary Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Neill Collins takes the direct free kick.

3:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Alan McCormack. Wes Foderingham takes the direct free kick.

2:57

The ball is swung over by Ryan Flynn, Aden Flint makes a clearance.

1:47

Nathan Byrne challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.

1:02

Shot from inside the area by Kevin McDonald clears the bar.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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