League One
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Sheffield United 1-0 Stevenage

Sheffield United kept alive their slim League One play-off hopes with a narrow victory over bottom side Stevenage.

The Blades, in their first game since their 5-3 FA Cup semi final defeat by Hull City, took the lead early on when Jamie Murphy's low cross was turned into his own net by John Mousinho.

Boro came close when Luke Freeman's effort was well saved, before Luke Jones' header was cleared off the line.

Freeman again had a chance to level late on, but fired at Mark Howard.

But United held on for a victory which leaves them eight points of sixth-placed Peterborough with a game in hand.

Graham Westley's Boro, meanwhile, remain rooted to the foot of the table and are seven points off safety with just three games left to play.

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Howard
  • 4Brayford
  • 3HarrisSubstituted forHillat 59'minutes
  • 17Coady
  • 5Maguire
  • 15Collins
  • 7Flynn
  • 8DoyleBooked at 47mins
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forPaynterat 71'minutes
  • 21ScougallSubstituted forDaviesat 81'minutes
  • 23Murphy

Substitutes

  • 6Hill
  • 9Porter
  • 18Paynter
  • 22Davies
  • 25Long
  • 28Freeman
  • 32Kennedy

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Obeng
  • 15FreemanBooked at 49mins
  • 29Hartley
  • 8Mousinho
  • 5AshtonSubstituted forJonesat 23'minutes
  • 14Heslop
  • 20Smith
  • 11AkinsSubstituted forGordonat 85'minutes
  • 12ZokoBooked at 50mins
  • 33HendersonSubstituted forN'Guessanat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wedgbury
  • 6Jones
  • 10Burrow
  • 17Gordon
  • 24Doughty
  • 28N'Guessan
  • 40Goodliffe
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
17,629

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff UtdAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield United 1, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 1, Stevenage 0.

Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).

Rohdell Gordon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Luke Jones (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

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

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Luke Jones.

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

Foul by Simon Heslop (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Rohdell Gordon replaces Lucas Akins.

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Davies replaces Stefan Scougall because of an injury.

John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

Billy Paynter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Paynter replaces Jose Baxter.

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

Foul by Simon Heslop (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joseph N'Guessan (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Luke Jones (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Mark Howard.

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Joseph N'Guessan (Stevenage).

Substitution

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

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Joseph N'Guessan (Stevenage).

Attempt blocked. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves43299582295396
2Brentford43279767373090
3Leyton Orient432311979413880
4Rotherham432213881552679
5Preston432116663412279
6Peterborough43214186455967
7Swindon43189166155663
8Port Vale43186195870-1260
9Sheff Utd421611154343059
10MK Dons43177195858058
11Walsall431415144644257
12Crawley421413154650-455
13Bradford431217145351253
14Bristol City431217146665153
15Gillingham43156225774-1751
16Oldham421311184757-1050
17Coventry431611167274-249
18Colchester431113194860-1246
19Tranmere431210215175-2446
20Crewe431210215279-2746
21Carlisle421111204268-2644
22Notts County43134266076-1643
23Shrewsbury43914203955-1641
24Stevenage43109244265-2339
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