League One
Sheff Utd1Rotherham0

Sheffield United 1-0 Rotherham United

Ben Davies

A last-minute Ben Davies penalty earned Sheffield United victory over South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham.

With one eye on their FA Cup semi-final against Hull on Sunday, Blades manager Nigel Clough made eight changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Leyton Orient.

And his young side won it at the death, when Davies slotted home from the spot after Millers defender Craig Morgan clattered Harry Maguire.

The result brought to an end Rotherham's 16 game unbeaten run.

It also means Steve Evans's side are now nine points off the automatic promotion places, after second-place Brentford beat Crawley.

Sheffield United remain 11th, eight points off the play-off places with five games left to play.

It was in-form Rotherham who had the best efforts on goal in the first half, but James Tavernier and Tom Hitchcock were both denied by keeper George Long.

Alex Revell then headed straight at Long and also put a thumping drive wide.

The visitors had two penalty appeals waved away just after the restart and in the end it was the Blades who found the winner.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 28Freeman
  • 6Hill
  • 14McGinn
  • 5Maguire
  • 32Kennedy
  • 22DaviesBooked at 90mins
  • 42DimaioSubstituted forCoadyat 87'minutes
  • 18Paynter
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forReedat 74'minutes
  • 3HarrisBooked at 40minsSubstituted forKhanat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Brayford
  • 17Coady
  • 21Scougall
  • 23Murphy
  • 29Khan
  • 34Willis
  • 38Reed

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 27Tavernier
  • 3Skarz
  • 36Smallwood
  • 20MorganBooked at 89mins
  • 4Arnason
  • 22Agard
  • 15MilsomBooked at 6minsSubstituted forO'Connorat 52'minutes
  • 9Revell
  • 35HitchcockSubstituted forThomasat 74'minutes
  • 18PringleSubstituted forVuckicat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 2Brindley
  • 5Davis
  • 10O'Connor
  • 26Thomas
  • 28Vuckic
  • 37Adams
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
21,529

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Rotherham United 0.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield United 1, Rotherham United 0. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Craig Morgan (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Sheffield United. Harry Maguire draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Craig Morgan (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Conor Coady replaces Connor Dimaio.

Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Haris Vuckic replaces Ben Pringle.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Kieran Freeman (Sheffield United).

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Wes Thomas replaces Tom Hitchcock.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Louis Reed replaces Jose Baxter.

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

Otis Khan (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Connor Dimaio (Sheffield United).

Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Michael O'Connor.

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

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Otis Khan replaces Robert Harris because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

Foul by Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United).

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

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

Foul by Joe Skarz (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Michael O'Connor replaces Robert Milsom.

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves41279574254990
2Brentford41269666363087
3Rotherham412212777492878
4Leyton Orient412211873383577
5Preston412016557391876
6Peterborough41204176354964
7MK Dons41177175855358
8Swindon41169165854457
9Port Vale41176185566-1157
10Walsall411414134542356
11Sheff Utd411511154243-156
12Bradford411116145251149
13Coventry411611147171049
14Gillingham41146215469-1548
15Bristol City411017146364-147
16Oldham411211184657-1147
17Crawley391113154049-946
18Colchester411013184557-1243
19Tranmere401110194970-2143
20Carlisle401110194061-2143
21Crewe411110204976-2743
22Shrewsbury41914183750-1341
23Notts County41124255572-1740
24Stevenage41109224061-2139
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