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Sheffield United 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves dampened Sheffield United's 125th anniversary celebrations to move closer to a return to the Championship.

Carl Ikeme saved well from Blades' Stefan Scougall before James Henry's cross eluded team-mate Dave Edwards and United keeper Mark Howard to go in.

Henry struck a post and at the other end Richard Stearman cleared off the line from John Brayford.

And after the break Henry was central for Wolves' second, crossing for Edwards who this time got a touch.

Jose Baxter fired into the side netting as Blades attempted to respond, but Leon Clarke squandered a chance to make it 3-0 when through one-on-one.

The result, which ends an 11-game unbeaten run and a sequence of eight games without conceding for Nigel Clough's men, failed to completely take the edge off the party atmosphere at Bramall Lane, as the club marked their 125th birthday by parading more than 50 former players across the pitch before kick-off.

But Wolves, themselves undefeated in 10 matches until a midweek loss to Crawley, guaranteed they will finish the weekend as League One leaders.

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Post-match: Blades boss Nigel Clough

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We said it would be a good measure of how far we've come - there was not a lot in it. They took the couple of chances that they got, and we didn't today.

"I thought when we settled down we had the better of it. We got on the front foot, and we looked dangerous.

"It's good that the players are so disappointed. If you're going to lose your unbeaten run, you might as well lose it to the team top of the league."

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Post-match: Wolves boss Jackett

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

"It was a fantastic win, I felt that we needed to make some changes and we needed some fresh energy in the team.

"It was a system we've worked hard at. I do have confidence in the players coming in. They know their roles and it's a big game to come in for.

"As the game wore on I felt we handled them better and better, some of their football was very very good, as was ours.

"We've been up and down the country, two tough away games this week, the side needed to change and we needed fresh energy."

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 4Brayford
  • 28FreemanSubstituted forPaynterat 88'minutes
  • 17Coady
  • 5Maguire
  • 15Collins
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forDaviesat 62'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forPorterat 66'minutes
  • 21Scougall
  • 23Murphy

Substitutes

  • 9Porter
  • 14McGinn
  • 18Paynter
  • 22Davies
  • 25Long
  • 29Khan
  • 42Dimaio

Wolves

  • 13Ikeme
  • 2DohertyBooked at 17minsSubstituted forRickettsat 75'minutes
  • 26Golbourne
  • 14EvansBooked at 59minsSubstituted forPriceat 62'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 5StearmanBooked at 90mins
  • 6BatthBooked at 30mins
  • 7Henry
  • 11McDonaldBooked at 78mins
  • 9L Clarke
  • 4Edwards
  • 27JacobsSubstituted forSakoat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Elokobi
  • 10Sako
  • 18Ricketts
  • 19Price
  • 20McAlinden
  • 31McCarey
  • 40Dicko
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
21,659

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home3
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Booking

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.
Hand ball by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bakary Sako replaces Michael Jacobs.
Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Paynter replaces Kieran Freeman.
Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.
Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sam Ricketts replaces Matt Doherty because of an injury.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Henry.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Doyle.
Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.
Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Jose Baxter.
Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jack Price replaces Lee Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Ryan Flynn.
Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Henry with a cross.
Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Neill Collins.
Attempt missed. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Doyle.
Attempt blocked. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.
Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).
Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. John Brayford (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Danny Batth.
Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Attempt saved. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3724854480
2Brentford3624753079
3Leyton Orient3822973675
4Rotherham37191262469
5Preston38181551569
6Peterborough3718415958
7MK Dons3816715455
8Swindon3814915351
9Walsall38121412150
10Port Vale3715517-850
11Sheff Utd3613914-348
12Crawley34111310-346
13Bradford37101512345
14Gillingham3813619-1345
15Bristol City3891613-543
16Colchester37101314-543
17Coventry37141013-142
18Oldham3811918-1242
19Crewe38101018-2540
20Tranmere3710918-2139
21Carlisle3710819-2238
22Shrewsbury3881317-1337
23Stevenage3710720-1937
24Notts County3810424-1934
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