League One
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Sheffield United 3-0 Bristol City

Sheffield United eased their League One relegation fears with a big win over fellow strugglers Bristol City.

The Blades jumped above their opponents in the table with victory, and it was John Brayford who got them started when he converted Harry Maguire's flick-on.

Jamie Murphy found Ryan Flynn on the edge of the area, and he duly doubled the advantage with a low strike.

Jose Baxter wrapped it up from the penalty spot after Flynn was brought down by Karleigh Osborne.

The defeat leaves Bristol City in the relegation zone, two points from safety, while Sheffield United climbed to 17th.

Sheffield United coach Chris Morgan told BBC Radio Sheffield:

Sheffield United caretaker manager Chris Morgan

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Post-match: Blades coach Morgan

"The result was exactly what we wanted following on from Gillingham in the week. It's two big results for us.

"The two results this week have come through hard work and playing some good stuff, particularly today.

"The manager was conscious that the lads have been going at it really hard. We knew we had to change it up.

"To be fair to the gaffer since he's come in, whatever formation we've played - whichever players we've used - he's hammered across to them what he wants.

"The players have took that on and been excellent, so the ones that come in know exactly what's wanted."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

Steve Cotterill

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Post-match: Bristol City's Cotterill

"Unfortunately, we were poor today. I don't know why that happened. We trained well this week but we didn't put anything into practice.

"Consequently, just before half-time we have given away a soft throw-in, given away a corner from it, not defended the corner and gone in 1-0 down at half-time.

"I don't like defeat at the best of times. Getting beaten 3-0, that reflected our performance today, unfortunately."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 4Brayford
  • 3HarrisSubstituted forHillat 68'minutes
  • 17Coady
  • 5Maguire
  • 15Collins
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forDaviesat 70'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 11Baxter
  • 21Scougall
  • 23MurphySubstituted forPaynterat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hill
  • 9Porter
  • 12Miller
  • 18Paynter
  • 22Davies
  • 25Long
  • 32Kennedy

Bristol City

  • 30Moore
  • 35Osborne
  • 3Williams
  • 21PackSubstituted forReidat 70'minutes
  • 18El-Abd
  • 5Flint
  • 9Baldock
  • 8Elliott
  • 23Barnett
  • 10Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forBurnsat 76'minutes
  • 17CunninghamSubstituted forPearsonat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 2Moloney
  • 14Reid
  • 15Bryan
  • 19Pearson
  • 27Burns
  • 34Gillett
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
19,271

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 3, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 3, Bristol City 0.

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

Wes Burns (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

Tyrone Barnett (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).

Adam El-Abd (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Wes Burns (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Neill Collins.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Paynter replaces Jamie Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Ryan Flynn.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 3, Bristol City 0. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Marlon Pack.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Stephen Pearson replaces Greg Cunningham.

Penalty Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Matthew Hill replaces Robert Harris because of an injury.

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Adam El-Abd.

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

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 2, Bristol City 0. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Murphy.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient3320763467
2Wolves3120743467
3Brentford3120652366
4Preston32161241360
5Rotherham3116961557
6Peterborough31164111052
7Walsall3212119647
8Swindon3213613645
9MK Dons3212713243
10Port Vale3213415-543
11Bradford329149541
12Gillingham3311517-1338
13Coventry3113810337
14Oldham3210715-837
15Carlisle3210616-1736
16Colchester2981110-235
17Sheff Utd309813-635
18Tranmere329815-1735
19Crawley268108-434
20Crewe329716-2434
21Bristol City3361413-832
22Shrewsbury3271015-1231
23Notts County339321-1330
24Stevenage307419-2225
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